Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Corpse Flower

Amorphophallus titanum, or the Corpse Flower is a rare native of Borneo. The specimen shown here, at the Panaewa Zoo in Hilo, is on loan from a private collector. I had the good fortune to be at the zoo to see it blooming, and to smell its pungent fragrance. It kind of smells like roadkill. In addition to its unique smell, the Corpse Flower also has the distinction of being the world's largest unbranched flowering plant.

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