Saturday, April 30, 2011

The world's smelliest flower

The titan arum is a giant among plants, with a massive flowering structure that rises some three metres above the ground. Its flowering is rare and unpredictable, and always grabs the headlines! The titan arum or Amorphophallus titanum is a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. Due to its odor, which is reminiscent of the smell of a decomposing mammal.

The Titan Arum plant, nicknamed the Corpse flower because of its pungent smell of putrid flesh, is in full blossom after 75 years at the University of Basel in Switzerland. The eight foot plant, indigenous to Indonesia's rainforests, has the chief unbranched shoot in the world. On average, they bloom once in a decade. Titan Arum is coveted by collectors and plant enthusiasts around the world because of its strange blooming patterns.

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