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Zamioculcas
flowering photos
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I have been looking for photographs of the inflorescence of Zamioculcas zamiifolia several times in the last years with different search engines, but I only found one or two images of entire plants with hardly recognizable inflorescences.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia
plant with inflorescence

1998 Nick Vercammen
So these are probably

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The first Zamioculcas zamiifolia
inflorescence photos on the web !!!

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photos 1-4 62 KB  2002 Norbert Anderwald
Zamioculcas inflorescence; inflated leaf base (left)
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Zamioculcas inflorescence:
side view
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Zamioculcas inflorescence:
spathe, spadix
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Zamioculcas inflorescence:
spadix, male flowers
These photos were taken in May 2000, one day after the spathe had opened.

The spathe is upright, partly covering the spadix. Female flowers are fertile, showing a short yellow pistil. Male flowers are still immature.

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spadix; immature
male flowers,
perigon (4 tepals)

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photos 1-4,
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spadix,
greenish spathe,
dry bract
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spadix,
greenish spathe,
dry bract
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lower part of the spadix;
immature male flowers;
female flowers
(below; out of focus)
Photographs of
mature male flowers
see below
My Photos II

Photographs of
mature female flowers
see below
My Photos III

My Photos II

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And here's the second Zamioculcas zamiifolia
inflorescence photos on the web:

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Photos 5-11 were taken in June 2000, about 3 weeks after the first ones (1-4).
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~6 weeks after the first pics (during repotting): male part of spadix wilted, female part swollen.
note: tuber (left)
The inflorescence has bent down, the stalk is elongated. The spathe is folded backwards, partly covering the 'female' base of the spadix.
Male flowers have ripened, pollen is released. The 'male' upper part of the spadix has aged noticeably. (In photo 12, it has dried up almost entirely).
Pistils of the female flowers have wilted and are no longer fertile. The 'female' base of the spadix has swollen slightly. Unpolliniated, it remained alive until January 2001.
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photos 8-11 51 kB  2002 Norbert Anderwald 43 kB  2002 Norbert Anderwald 40 kB  2002 Norbert Anderwald 37 kB  2002 Norbert Anderwald

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Enlarged details from photographs 8-11 76 kB  2002 Norbert Anderwald

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photos 8-11,
enlarged

63 kB  2002 Norbert Anderwald 39 kB  2002 Norbert Anderwald 53 kB  2002 Norbert Anderwald The pollen appears to be 'squeezed' out (connected in thread-like aggregates) between the tepals and the infertile pistil (the two-headed structure in the center of the male flowers). The four short stamina remain inside the flower.

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photos of the 2001 inflorescence
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photos 13-16

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base of flowering shoot
with bracts and
traces of guttation
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base of flowering shoot
with bracts and
traces of guttation
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fertile female and
immature male flowers
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fertile female flower
The 2001 inflorescence opened in August and remained alive for 8 months.

some more photos
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photos 17-20

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appendix
at the top
of the spathe
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leaflet, upper side.
note: reticulate venation, ovate shape, short tip,
glossy dark green colour
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tip of a leaflet,
lower side.
Zamioculcas: 'knee', with annotations. Note that leaf base, petiole (and rhachis) can vary widely in length. (53 kB)  2002 Norbert Anderwald
Zz: "knee", with annotations.
Please note that the distinction between leaf base and leaf proper is originally used for dicots; application for monocots is provisional only.
Some details:
spathe and leaf
photos 21-24

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Zamioculcas: tuber
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leaflet cutting with young tuber (upper and lower sides). The leaflet has dried up; the tuber is alive
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Zz inflorescence
after the spathe has folded backwards
2002 Danny Gauthier, Montreal
Used with kind permission.
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Zamioculcas plant,
unfolding new leaves
2002 Danny Gauthier, Montreal
Used with kind permission.
old and young tubers

2 photos from a
Canadian visitor

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