Friday, November 22, 2013
Plugging My Nose
Written For Northern Gardeners Almanac by Melanie J Watts
Best known as the worlds stinkiest flower and one of the largest I was gratified to see Amorphophallus titanium, alas still in bud, when I visited the Jardin Botanique while in Montreal. When the flower opens it smells strongly of rotting meat. The flowers horrid smell has earned it the nickname corpse flower, maybe its a good thing that the bud had still not opened.
When open the flowers vase shaped spathe and spike like inflorescence can reach from 17-20 feet (5-6 metres) high. The flower lasts 48-72 hours.
Amorphophallus titanium originates from Sumatra where it grows in open forests on hillsides.
See a photo of the open flower and find out more about Amorphophallus titanium at the UBC botanical garden site
tags tropical plants