A pair of beautiful plants with blooms as erratic as their odor is pungent is likely to make a short-lived appearance this month in the Tropical Conservatory at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. These “corpse plants” have massive blooms that smell like rotting flesh. The last time two corpse plants bloomed together at Selby Gardens was in 1999. Therefore; that time the largest plant reached a height of approximately 5 feet. The full bloom lasts only a few days. The corpse plant, or Amorphophallus titanium, is native to Sumatra. It’s listed as a threatened species and it infrequently blooms in captivity. Few visitors may find the plant’s appearance as unpleasant as its odor the name “Amorphophallus” is derived from the Greek for “giant misshapen penis.” Every living thing has its beauty and purpose.442 DSCN1441 442 - Copy

Source: Bradenton

Originally posted 2015-02-13 20:43:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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