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Purple Stinky Flower ID Help

Posted by wfspath z10 CA (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 7, 07 at 21:10

I stepped out my front door this morning and found this beautiful purple flower. The stench made my dog go crazy, since he hadn't notice it before, it makes me think the flower bloomed overnight.

My wife and I bought the house about three years ago and did not plant it. Also, we had our stoop retiled about a year ago and all the plants in that area were ripped out. So, it must have grown from a bulb that was buried right there???

The spathe is about 12". Any help with identification would be appreciated.

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RE: Purple Stinky Flower ID Help

Hi Wfspath,
what about a species of the genus Arum?
Arum rupicola
Arum sintenisii
Arum elongatum
Arum besserianum

They look like your picture, but I have no idea about their size.

Arum sintenisii
looks mostly like yours!

Maybe you find more on the Arum site of I.A.S:

Here is a link that might be useful: Arum sintenisii

RE: Purple Stinky Flower ID Help

Thank you very much for your help, I wouldn't have otherwise figured it out. Its a beautiful plant, but the odor is really bad. I might need to move it away from my front door.

RE: Purple Stinky Flower ID Help

thats beautiful. Too bad it doesn't smell like raspberries. Where are you located?

RE: Purple Stinky Flower ID Help

I live in San Diego (Point Loma). We had record cold this January (as you know), it got down to 35 degrees on my home thermometer, which killed my heliconias and bananas. The average low in SD for January is 48, and we set an all time record with 5 consecutive nights below 40. I don't know anything about arums, is it possible the cold induced flowering?

RE: Purple Stinky Flower ID Help

I think that you have Arum palaesitum.

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