Researchers Uncover Secrets of Gigantic “Corpse Flower”

Researchers Uncover Secrets of Gigantic “Corpse Flower”

I caught a news story on this plant over the weekend, and managed to track down this story from National Geographic.

Corpse flower

No, its not a special effect, or some sort of alien creature … its an actual plant called a titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) native to Indonesia. Apparently, they flower only once every few years … when not flowering, they often grow a ‘leaf’ that gets to be the size of a tree, with many leaflets.

The reason for the name “corpse” flower is that its found a rather unique niche in the world … it uses a very pungent odour (that most humans describe as smelling like rotting flesh) to attract insects that usually feed and reproduce on carrion, and these insects work the pollination for titan arum.

Fascinating creature … no one is sure how long they can live or how big they can grow in the wild, and no one is really sure how many are left in the wild.

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