The greenhouse received a donation of a 7 foot tall Wollemi Pine through donor and alum John Copoulos. The tree arrived April 12th, delivered by the curator of the greenhouses at the University of Connecticut. These trees were discovered in a remote part of New South Wales in 1994. They were previously known only in the fossil record. The government of Australia controlled the early release of Wollemi Pine and the National Geographic Society sold a limited quantity in 2006. Our newly acquired Wollemi comes from this source and was about 12 inches tall in 2006.
After a rest of more than a year, our Amorphophallus titanum is back in leaf - the leaf is about 10 foot tall and as wide on a very thick petiole. In March, we donated pollen from 'Metis' to use for the pollination of the Titan Arum at Cornell University. We are awaiting any news of successful pollination. Metis was successful in pollinating the Titan arum in Hilo, Hawaii on Easter weekend, 2011.
Last Updated: 4/17/12