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2/10/2010

An Amorphophallus just in time for Valentines Day?

New York Botaincal gArden blooming corpse flower siberian giant amorphophallus

Could it be so well timed?  The New York Botanical Garden uploaded this picture on Flickr yesterday.  I am wondering…is it recent?  It is a corpse flower (so called for it’s smell), latin name is Amorphophallus gigas (Giant Sumatrian Amorphophallus).  (I love it when Latin sounds a little naughty) Is their’s about to bloom? (a rare occurrence).  How apropos, just in time for valentines day.  If you live nearby, it would be worth checking out….

Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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  1. Louise says:

    Yikes! Sexy but soooo smelly…..
    Check out this slide show of the amorphophallus titanium coming into bloom at the Smith College greenhouse..stunning!
    http://www.smith.edu/garden/Conservatory/amorphophallus.html
    Happy V day!

  2. dana says:

    wow
    this is a very funny plant!
    grazie Rochelle !! mi hai incuriosito

    I found other image on here
    http://www.virtualherbarium.org/Amorph/amorphophallus04-2005.html
    and I’m reading that is native to the island of Sumatra..and has an unpleasant odor of putrefaction !!!!

    ciao dana

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