The deciduous plant amorphophallus belongs to the family Araceae.
This plant is an ephemeroid (short-lived). So, his rest period differs in its duration, and it lasts more than six months. In the ground, it grows a tuber, which is similar in size to a grapefruit, and it weighs about 5 kilograms. A green, rather thick stem that looks similar to a palm trunk grows from such a tuber.
Only one complex half-meter leaf plate grows on the trunk. It is painted in a greenish-brown color, and there are whitish dots on its surface. The leaf is three-divided and twice pinnately dissected. There is a hollow petiole.
The life span of such a sheet plate is only a few months. So, it grows, as a rule, in the last weeks of March, and in mid-October, it turns yellow and dies. Each subsequent year, the leaf grows a little higher and becomes more and more dissected.
The development of the flower occurs after the end of the dormant period and before a new leaf grows. The plant blooms for about half a month, but even before new roots grow, it will stop.
During the flowering period, the size of the tuber becomes much smaller. And all because a large amount of nutrients is consumed for the growth and development of the flower, which is taken from the tuber. In this regard, after the plant blooms, it will again have a short rest period (about 3-4 weeks).
After it ends, the leaf plate will begin to grow. It happens that the dormant period that has come after flowering lasts almost a year (until the next spring). In the event that the flower is pollinated, then after the flowering is over, the coplodium, consisting of fleshy berries containing seeds, will begin to grow. At the same time, in the case of fruit development, the mother plant dies.