The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Rare Plants Are in Bloom in the Yasnaya Polyana Greenhouse


Welcoming the warmth of spring, some rare tropical plants began blooming in the greenhouse on the grounds of the Yasnaya Polyana Hotel: Amorphophallus konjac (also known as konjaku, konnyaku potato, devil's tongue, voodoo lily, snake palm, or elephant yam) and Russelia equisetiformis (known as fountainbush, firecracker plant, coral plant, coral fountain, coralblow and fountain plant).

Amorphophallus (“shapeless” in Latin) is a genus in the Araceae family; it includes over 170 tropical and subtropical tuberous plants. This exotic plant bloomed in our greenhouse for the first time in the spring of 2017. Amorphophallus's inflorescences consist of an elongated spadix and a spathe. When in bloom, the plant gives off a very pungent smell.

This plant’s is widespread in East Asia, where its inflorescences and spindices are used as animal fodder. In addition, amorphophallus is used in food production to create konjac flour and jelly. In medicine, the plant’s tubers are used as material for products for diabetics.


Russelia equisetiformis is a genus in the Plantaginaceae family. It is a decorative plant, a low-growing evergreen shrub, which is quite rare in Central Russia. It grows in tropical areas from Mexico and Cuba to Colombia. Russelia appeared in our greenhouse four years ago. Even in an unusual environment, the plant turned out to be undemanding and resistant to disease. It has exuberant arching branches with sparse leaves. The inflorescence consists of small tubular red flowers that look gorgeous against the green background of the branches.

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