The Corpse flower or to give it its proper name the Amorphophallus titanum is a pretty spectacular plant , its flower can grow up to 3 metres high and
3 metres in circumference but when it flowers it emits an odor of rotting meat , fortunately it only flowers every 7 - 12 years.
The plants conservation status is classed as Vulnerable so places like Paignton Zoo do a great service in protecting this smelly species ... rather
them than me.
Time lapse footage of the monster awakening , (spoiler alert) it's not very exciting.
Picture of a very small man in a flower box ... or Giles Palmer from Paignton Zoo with his Titan Arum.
And the smell? Curator of Plants and Gardens Giles Palmer said: “Imagine you have the smell of rotting meat in a tin can and you open that can
on the hottest, most humid day of the year!”
We have one in nz which has just flowered for the second time in 2 years or close to that, which is pretty unusual. I did see it in planton or
person, but it featured big on our national news. I think it's the same flower anyway. Rotten meat flower from Indonesia. Anyways.
27-6-2015 by Cloudbuster because: Added some extra words. So what.
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