Saturday, May 19, 2012

Not Again!

Is that a Split Leaf in your pants or are you just happy to see me?

The first of three pods on the Split Leaf Philodendron has burst open.  It is the weirdest plant in the garden.  The scent is very, tropically sweet.  I suppose that is an attractant.  After Mama Nature has done her thing, then this phallic symbol retreats into its hooded pod and starts producing some sort of fruit.

Don't know if I have the courage to sample the fruit.  Let me know if you've tried this and what you think.

10 comments:

mississippi artist said...

I have never seen thi, did not know they di his. Very interesting. And the ruit is supposed to be edible?

mississippi artist said...

I am so sorry, my keys seem to be sticking,hope you can read above pst!

Allison Preiss said...

Never heard of it! But it sure looks 'interesting'...

HelenB said...

Maybelline, the following was cut and pasted from the web:

"The fruit takes A LITTLE OVER A YEAR to mature. It swells into an aromatic fruit that looks a little like a green corn cob. It is said to taste like a combination of banana, pineapple and mango."

Since last year's flower didn't result in a ripe fruit this year, I can only guess that Bakersfield lacks the necessary pollinator or doesn't stay warm enough for the entire time it takes for growth and ripening,

dorothy said...

I had no idea that a philodendron would make flower or fruit, but then again I have never grown one. Very interesting!

DivaGardener said...

very titillating...I mean stimulating...I mean...I mean...interesting!!! LOL ;o)

daisy said...

Oh, MY!

Anonymous said...

Farmer MacGregor and I think you got your exotics mixed up with your erotics!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Just did a bunch of research and found out it takes a year to ripen and tastes like a tropical fruit salad. Mine grows out in the open, next to the pool in FL, and has about 10 of these pods, but is only about 4" tall, leaning slightly this is our first spring here, and BOY, were we surprised at what we found in the garden!

Anonymous said...

To add to the last comment I made was the reason we noticed it. We have a spotlight on it and the other evening we were sitting on the pool deck. I looked up and noticed butterflies making shadows in the spot light, they were very interested in the "flower", and as it's early in the season seeing so many in one place was a pleasant surprise. I have some great photos, and am hoping to get some night shots with butterflies when the next one opens. What an interesting way to learn about a new (to us at least)plant!