June 3, 2014

Gonatopus boivinii - Giraffe's Knees


Gonatopus boivinii or Giraffe's Knees, a native of tropical E. Africa.

A single leaf arises from a tuber that will reach 6 inches across or more.
 
The leaf often reaches 3 ½ feet in height and is marbled with blackish-brown markings.

The plant only produces one leaf from its tuber when in growth. This one is trying to make a 2nd tuber.

 
The leaf stalk is swollen about halfway up giving it the appearance of a giraffe's knee.

 This is one of these plants that I did not buy and where it came from I don't know. This one I just dug out of the back yard and I have a few in the front yard what just came up also. A few years back I had one growing in a pot in my front yard that I sold on ebay, that was the first one that I know of. Where the other came from who knows? It is said to grow from leaf cutting as well.


 This one is in the front Yard

 
Blooming Time: Late Spring. The single flower is 8 inches tall and the spadix is 3 inches long.





 

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