What is a “Spathe & Spadix”, you ask? Might I find one in the Tucker Greenhouse?

Yes, you will.  If you visit the Tucker greenhouse these days, you’ll likely see several different species of plants booming with very unusual inflorescences.  A Spathe & Spadix is a type of inflorescence found in the Araceae (Arum or Philodendron family).  It consists of a large spathe, which is simply a large, leaf-like bract, sometimes brightly colored to attract pollinators.  The spathe surrounds and protects the spadix, which is a small spike with small flowers crowded onto a thickened axis.  The Tucker greenhouse houses dozens of different plants found within the Araceae family. Dr. Chris Pires recently donated 12 bulbs of Amorphophallus titanum, or the Titan arum.  Much more about this plant in later posts.

With the help of a fellow coworker, Chris Todd, we just finished photographing all of the currently blooming Arums in the Tucker Greenhouse to date.  Enjoy!

image of a pink flower Anthurium sp.

image of a white flower Spathiphyllum sp.

image of a white flower Aglaonema sp.

image of a maroon flower Sauromatum guttatum

image of dark maroon plant

            Alocasia infernalis

image of a green flower

Another giant Spathiphyllum

image of a white flower Female flowers at bottom of spike, male at top

Zamioculcas zamifolia, or the ZZ plant Zamioculcas zamifolia

image of a white flower

Alocasia amazonica, also known as the African Mask plant

Spathe and spadix of a Caladium plant

Spathe and spadix of a Caladium plant