Amazed by a Spadix

I had to divide and conquer some Mojito Elephant Ear plants/ Calocasia esculenta.

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They had grown so many roots that they filled up the filter basin for the Koi pond.

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Instead of water flowing back into the pond, it was flowing out onto the ground.

I am so glad I was outside working and heard the top pump sucking air.

When I arrived at the pond, it was half empty.

A massive fish kill was diverted.  Whew!

OK,  back to the Mojitos.

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The plants were as tall as I am, so to handle them for re-potting,

I had to remove some foliage and blooms.

I brought the blooms inside for a closer look.

This form of flower is referred to as a spathe and spadix.

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It has a male part at the apex and a female part at the base.

I peeled away the outer sheath/spathe to expose the floral parts.

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Then I sliced into the darkly spotted female part covered in florets/fruits.

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Under the microscope I smashed these little florets/fruits to release some seeds.

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I sliced off part of the yellow outer layer of the male floret part.

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The yellow powder/ pollen has an interesting shape.

I must say the spathe and spadix makes an ugly flower, but its components are beautiful under a microscope.

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