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tropicbreeze

Another water aroid in flower

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This one has actually been flowering prolifically since just before the start of winter, and still going strong. Probably a lot of logic in that. No heavy rain to disrupt pollination. When the seeds ripen the wet season floods disperse them.

It has the well deserved name of Lasia spinosa. There's no rocket science in working out where the "spinosa" comes from. The stems and backs of the leaves are covered in sharp rigid spines. It's a literal pain working around the plant. But it's a beauty.

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That's a beauty alright, looks like you have a jungle for a back garden :)

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Was asked on another forum for the dimensions so thought it might be of interest here as well:

Petiole 130cms

Leaf blade length 56 cms

Leaf width (leaflet tip to leaflet tip) 85 cms

Spathe 64 cms

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Thanks for the additional comments. I like the unusual plants.

Here's a photo of its home. It's centre right, a bit dwarfed by some of the other plants.

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A very impressive, and presumably wildlife friendly garden, if ever I saw one.

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Thanks Gary. It's very wildlife friendly, so friendly that there are massacres going on all the time. I enjoy having them around and have lots of photos of them . They just enjoy hunting and eating each other.

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