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spadix
The (often fleshy) spike inflorescence of aroids
that carry the flowers
see also Aroids.
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Amorphophallus konjac

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Family Araceae
Name Amorphophallus konjac
Common Name Konjac
Featured Plant December 2011
Etymology
Amorphophallus From Greek a- meaning not, Greek morphe meaning form or shape, and Greek phallos meaning penis, referring to the spadix that is said to resemble a mis-shappen penis.

  See also:  Bulbs, Corms & Tubers

This aroid produces large flowers that smell of dead rats to attract flies which pollinate it. The foul smelling flowers appear before the leaves and only last for a week. In New Zealand, the plant only flowers once every few years, probably due to our colder climate.

The large tubers are ground up to make a flour, "konjac". This flour is used in a variety of foods in Chinese, Korean and Japanese cuisines, ranging from noodles to a jelly dessert. It has very low calories and makes a good substitute for people on limited calory diets.



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