Monday, July 22, 2013

Giant Misshappen Phallus Blooms

The sexual organs of the Giant Corpse Flower.
Below is a live-stream from the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, DC. The man-sized flower you see is known as the "corpse flower." Named for the putrefied stank it emits this carrion flower attracts pollinators by mimicking the smell of rotting flesh. The plant has the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. Its Latin name is Amorphophallus titanum ~ "misshapen phallus." It is worth noting that this titan of the plant kingdom does not have a regular cycle to its bloom. Blooms may be separated by years or decades. 

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