Because how can you ever have enough of a plant world-famous for smelling like roadkill left by the side of the highway three days too many? I like to rail on about Amorphophallus titanum from time to time, but I reblogged this more because you rarely get a look at what’s going on below deck. Both busy and a little bit alien. —MN
Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum)
The titan arum produces one of the world’s largest unbranched inflorescence, growing up over 3 m (10 ft) in height. An inflorescence is a cluster of smaller flowers arranged together, giving the impression of a single larger flower.
The inflorescence gives off a rotting odour, which attracts insects to the strings of pollen inside the spathe (the petal like structure). As the female flowers mature earlier then the male flowers, the chance of self pollination is reduced.
Etymology: (Amorphos - misshapen + phallos - phallus + titan - giant. Giant misshapen penis )
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