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5 Foul-Smelling Flowers from Around the World via @planetgreen

5 Foul-Smelling Flowers from Around the World via @planetgreen

Also known as "Corpse Flower," Amorphophallus titanum is a huge flower that can grow to over 10 feet tall. The central spadix of flowers (which emit the rotten scent) is surrounded by a single spathe, which is burgundy on the inside and green on the outside. The putrid odor is meant to attract carrion beetles and flesh flies to pollinate it. Hailing from southeast Asia, where it grows in clearings in the rainforests, Amorphophallus titanum is the record holder for having the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. Both the male and female flowers reside on the spadix, with the male flowers opening a couple of days after the female flowers to prevent the plant from self-pollinating. The flower only blooms for a couple of days, then dies back, and a single giant leaf (which can reach over 20 feet tall) grows and plays the important role of providing energy for the cor...

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