Wow, that’s one of a stinky smell! And it’s coming from a beautiful flower called Amorphophallus Titanum also known as the corpse flower. This beautiful yet stinky flower was found in the equatorial tropical forests of Sumatra, Indonesia. An Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari discovered this mysterious plant in 1878.

The corpse flower is said to be the largest flower in the world. The spadix (the fleshy central column) can reach over 6 feet tall (2 meters), but the tallest ever recorded was over 10 feet! The plant can weigh as much as 170 pounds or more! The leaves itself spans over 12 feet high, its stalk can reach up to 20 feet tall and 15 feet across.

So where’s the smelly scent coming from? Yes, good question. When the flower is fully open, it emits a stinky smell, hence the name in Indonesian. The odor is strongest at night to attract pollinators, since it can not pollinate by itself.

Here’s one ODD plant! Hmmm doesn’t this remind you of “Little Shop of Horrors” movie??? It definately does to me! Nature has its mysterious ways…

Amorphophallus Titanum

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