Arisaema muratae is a rare, little-known species from woodland streamsides in western Yunnan at 6,000' elevation that was published as a new species in 2007 and named after Japanese arisaema taxonomist Jin Murata. The thick green stems of Arisaema muratae emerge in early May from enormous fist-shaped tubers. Like spokes on a wheel, each of the 7-13 deeply veined leaflets is held atop a 30" tall stalk. The flower emerges as the plant unfurls...a yellow pitcher with purple stripes at the base topped with an extended, bright yellow, threadlike tip. Inside the pitcher, you find the purple "preacher" tucked in neatly out of the weather. Arisaema muratae is an easy-to-grow, slowly-offsetting species...made available thanks to the magic of tissue culture.
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