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Voodoo lily-botanical name?

Sunny Bristol !, United Kingdom Gb

Does anyone know the correct botanical name of my voodoo lily, I've been told three different names now and am rather confused!

Sauromatum venosum?
Sauromatum guttatum?
Amorphophallus konjac?

On plant sauromatum venosum




It's Sauromatum venosum - but i don't think that's what you've got there in the picture, that looks more like Zantedeschia aethiopica (one of the arum lilies) - though which particular one, I don't know cos it's not in flower.

24 Jul, 2009


Thanks Bamboo, there is a zantedeschia in the photo, but it's the other one with the markings on the stem I'm wondering about.Must be the Sauromatum venosum then.

24 Jul, 2009


Sauromatum guttanum is a synonym of Sauromatum venosum so bath are correct. However, S. venosum is more usually used by gardeners.
To make the identification more interesting, all three can be known as Voodoo Lily!

24 Jul, 2009


Flippin' 'eck, think I'll stick to S.venosum then! Thanks bulbaholic.

24 Jul, 2009


That's the trouble with common names, they vary all over Britain, never mind round the world;-)

26 Jul, 2009


You've got that one right Bamboo, it's so confusing....using the latin makes identification much easier and it's universal!

26 Jul, 2009

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