The corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is named for its repulsive odor. The “fragrance” is uncannily similar to rotting meat, but it’s perfect for attracting pollinators with a specific taste: carrion-eating beetles and flesh flies. A single plant can take as long as 10 years between blooms, but some have been known to flower again within the same year. Once open, the spathe (similar to a large petal) begins to wilt as soon as 12 hours later, reducing its ability to be pollinated. A chemical analysis shows its scent is caused by the same compounds behind humankind’s least favorite odors: dimethyl trisulfide (think stinky cheese), trimethylamine (rotten fish), isovaleric acid (sweaty socks), and indole (like human feces). Delightful!
There was one in bloom at the Bronx Botanical Gardens last year. Guess I'm a true New Yorker-- I've smelled worse in NYC during a summer heat wave!
You forgot the most amazing fact which is that it can heat itself to 98 degrees Fahrenheit. Tremendous amount of energy to perform that feat.
Takes about a decade of stored energy to pull it off, why it blooms only once a decade.
I've seen a lot about this flower, and people waiting for it to bloom at Botanical Gardens. Didn't know what the four particular odors were though, now that I do, whew!!🤣
This October marks 50 years since the 1967 Road Safety Act came into force.
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Japanese tsunami transported hundreds of species to the United States and Canada, as this video reveals
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Today, the Museum's fan favorite exhibition The Butterfly Conservatory returns with 500 live fluttering insects. Interact with butterflies and moths inside a 1,200-square-foot vivarium filled with tro..
Christmas is coming... and we can't wait!
Travel back in time to a magical Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu with Montagu family pantomime rehearsals, craft activities, carols and more.
The Palace House guides went on an exciting outing this month!
Read on to discover how Beaulieu is connected to Longford Castle in Salisbury...