[lit-ideas] Re: On various plants

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On 22 Apr 2014, at 07:39, David Ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> ...] I do like the sound of the few-flowered leek, but an invasive species...

The Royal Horticultural Society helps put the term 'invasive species' in 

"The alien invasion myth"


Yes, there is real damage done to ecosystems by irresponsible gardening 
practices. If you're not sure about introducing a 'non-native' plant to your 
garden (especially if there is a chance of it 'escaping' into areas beyond your 
control), check with a local botanical or agricultural institution.

Here's what is probably one of the world's least 'invasive' plants, the Titan 
Arum (Amorphophallus titanum).  It has recently flowered (again - after only 2 
years!) at the botanical garden here in Kiel.  I definitely wouldn't recommend 
one for your house plant collection - under the heading 'Known hazards', Kew 
Gardens writes, "Emits a nauseating smell on flowering" (to which I can attest):


Here's a YouTube video of the search for a Titan Arum in the rain forests of 
Sumatra (under 'Top Comments' you can read the ridiculous 'Looks massively 


And here's a time lapse film of the Titan Arum blooming in Kiel over the Easter 


Chris Bruce,
making his film debut on Lit-Ideas (I'm one of those streaming
past in the upper left-hand corner on Easter Sunday evening), in
Kiel, Germany
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