The Devil’s Tongue is in bloom at the Biology Greenhouse. Visiting Hours are Wednesday 9am – noon.
The devil’s tongue, Amorphophallus konjac is a mid-sized relative of the titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum. This perennial herb is found in the wild in forest edge and open habitats in Yunnanm China, but has been cultivated for two millenia in China, Japan and southeast Asia for medicine and food. Its starchy corm is processed into a gelatin substitute sometimes used in Asian fruit jelly candy, and provide glucomannan, a laxative used for hyperlipidemia and diabetes. Flour made from the corm is used in noodles, tofu and snacks.