Anchomanes difformis

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anchomanes (an-ko-MAY-nees) (Info)
Species: difformis (dif-FOR-mis) (Info)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade


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Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 27, 2010, tropicbreeze from noonamah
Australia wrote:

Found some interesting looking seeds clustered typically like an aroid so I collected some and put them in pots. This was late autumn last year. The seeds sprouted and grew through winter looking very much like an Alocasia. By the end of winter the leaves were beginning to split in a strange way, actually looking more like someone had taken to them with scissors. Then the leaf stems developed a motley patching and some small spines. It was on DG that some people suggested it was an Anchomanes. More research revealed it was Anchomanes difformis. Most are still in pots, one in the ground, and others given away. Be interesting to see how they are when mature as I was totally unaware of these until now. They're certainly easy to germinate and grow.


On Mar 13, 2010, aroidgrower from Oakford, Pa.
United States wrote:

This is a very interesting member of the Aroid family. For me it grows to about 3 - 4 feet tall and has dark green shiny leaves similar to members of the Amorphophallus Genera of the same family. It is unique in that it is among the very few Aroid's that has spines on the stems, Pycnospatha being another.

I grow Anchomanes Difformis in a pot and bring it indoors for the winter.

It does wake up when it wants to most of the time like most other Aroid's that have a distinct dry season in their native habitat. This is also a species that has fleshy roots that help it to survive the dry spells along with the main tuber that stores nutrients. It is mid March here now and after removing a little soil today I noticed that it is waking up already when the outside tem... read more