Amorphophallus

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Amorphophallus (Wikipedia)
Amorphophallus
Titan-arum1web.jpg
Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is the Amorphophallus with the largest inflorescence
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Aroideae
Tribe: Thomsonieae
Genus: Amorphophallus
Blume ex Decne.
Synonyms
  • Thomsonia Wall.
  • Pythion Mart.
  • Candarum Schott
  • Pythonium Schott
  • Kunda Raf.
  • Brachyspatha Schott
  • Conophallus Schott
  • Plesmonium Schott
  • Corynophallus Schott
  • Allopythion Schott
  • Hansalia Schott
  • Hydrosme Schott
  • Rhaphiophallus Schott
  • Synantherias Schott
  • Dunalia Montrouz.
  • Proteinophallus Hook.f.
  • Tapeinophallus Baill.
  • Pseudodracontium N.E.Br.

Amorphophallus (from Ancient Greek amorphos, "without form, misshapen" + phallos, "penis", referring to the shape of the prominent spadix), commonly known as Zaminkand is a large genus of some 200 tropical and subtropical tuberous herbaceous plants from the Arum family (Araceae), native to Asia, Africa, Australia and various oceanic islands. A few species are edible as "famine foods" after careful preparation to remove irritating chemicals.

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