Friday, July 01, 2016

Stop and Smell the Flowers


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Happy "Floral Friday",

My sister informed me that her Stapelia gigantea was in bloom (she lives in Texas). I am quite jealous since I love odd and strange plants. This has the delightful name of "carrion plant" which comes from the flowers which have the smell of rotting flesh. It attracts flies as pollinators.

Aasblume Aug 2005
Attribution for this photo : Gilbert8888 at the German language Wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Her email reminded me of a pilgrimage I made back in July of 2004 to see an Amorphophallus that was blooming in a greenhouse at the University of Connecticut, Sadly I arrived too late to experience the full stench, but was pleased to hear the botanist tell me that some people did vomit during their encounter. The Amorphophallus is in a different plant family and is related to plants like the Peace Lily and Jack-In-The-Pulpit.


The Titan Arum is the word's largest unbranched inflorescence
July 8, 2004 - University of Connecticut

Mmm, smells delicious


Flower image from Wikipedia