Carrion flower, world’s largest flowering plant

Written by AWI. Posted in Hotels Update

Carrion flower, world’s largest flowering plant

The flower is foul to smell but beautiful to look at.

The Carrion flower(Titan Arum), also known as corpse flower or stinking flower, is the largest flowering plant in the world. It is known not only for its size but also for its foul smell like rotting flesh (that’s why the name).

This plant endemic is to the island of Sumatra, and was first discovered by Odoardo Beccari who sent seeds to the botanic gardens in Florence and Kew. It took 11 years before the first plant flowered in 1889 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. For the next 100 years flowering events of the flower in botanic gardens were extremely rare; only 21 flowerings were recorded worldwide until 1989 − three of them in Bonn (1937, 1940, 1987).

Due to its foul smell the titan arum is characterised as a carrion flower, and is also known as the corpse flower or corpse plant (bunga bangkai in Indonesian, bunga means flower, bangkai translated as corpse, cadaver, or carrion).

The flower usually attracts scavenging flies and carrion-eating beetles as pollinators, with the strong smell decaying meat to attract them.

AWI

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