In late May of 1999, a 24 kilograms tuber of an Amorphophallus paeoniifolius that I have been growing for over ten years bloomed. The following images document the attempted hand pollination. Click on the thumbnails to get larger images and more information.

Tuffy in the shade of vegetation of the previous year. Tuffy with the dormant tuber. First day of the open inflorescense.
Close-up inside of the spathe. Removal of the spathe. Hand pollination.
Close-up of the pollinated female flowers. Wrapping of spadix with a moist paper towel. Completed wrapping of the spadix with plastic wrap.
Close-up of the extruded pollen. Collecting the pollen. Storage of the pollen.
An infructescence that resulted from a successful pollination.

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