Huge flower found in Indonesia is Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan arum. It is also known as the “corpse flower” for its unpleasant odor. Like Rafflesia, Titan emits the smell of rotting meat to attract pollinators. Technically, the Titan arum is not a single flower. It is a group of many tiny flowers, called inflorescences. Titan arum has the largest unbranched inflorescence of all flowering plants. The plant can reach heights of 7 to 12 feet and weigh up to 80 kilos!
During the years when the plant does not flower, it usually produces a single, tree-shaped leaf, about 4.6–7 meters (15–23 ft) tall. The petiole (leaf stem) is mottled with white spots and typically features three branches topped with numerous large leaflets. Most of the food it produces is stored on a large underground surface.
It is subsequently used as fuel for the rapid growth of the inflorescence or a new leaf after a dormancy period. The corm can weigh around 70 to 90 kg (154 to 200 pounds) and is the largest in the plant kingdom. After 12 to 18 months of photosynthesis, the leaf is removed and the plant becomes dormant. Typically, several leaf cycles are completed before the plant has enough stored energy to flourish again.
Images of the Amorphophallus Titanum
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