In the botanical garden of the Australian Adelaide – a pandemonium of visitors. According to the Daily Mail, the reason for the queues was the flowering of the “corpse flower”, scientifically called “titanic amorphophallus”.
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In the botanical garden of the Australian Adelaide – a pandemonium of visitors. As writes “Daily Mail”the reason for the queues was the flowering of the “corpse flower”, scientifically called “titanic amorphophallus”.
Thousands of visitors literally rush into the garden with a fight, because they have only two days to “enjoy” a unique phenomenon – the flowering of amorphophallus, which exudes the smell of rotten meat. If you do not have time to “touch the beautiful” now, then you will have to wait at least three more years before the giant opens its “bud” and once again delights guests with the aroma.
The plant itself, indeed, resembles a huge flower with a sharpening pestle in the middle, and it can reach a height of three meters. Under the ground, the giant is fed by a large tuber, which sometimes weighs more than 100 kilograms. It is very difficult to grow such a miracle of nature, because about 10 years pass from the moment of planting to flowering.
The aroma of rotten meat or the cadaverous smell of the plant exudes for a reason, but in order to attract insects that feed on carrion, for example, flies or beetles, which should pollinate amorphophallus and help it with reproduction. The strongest stench is exuded by the plant on the first day after the opening of the “bud”, and then gradually “subsides”.
However, in addition to the unpleasant aroma, many visitors to the botanical garden note the beautiful appearance of the flower, which is usually hidden from view. Some viewers at first do not even believe that this “construction” is a real plant, mistaking it for a man-made model.
In nature, amorphophallus titanic is considered an endangered species, because, according to biologists, no more than a thousand specimens remain in their natural habitat on the island of Sumatra. In botanical gardens, the “corpse flower” is not yet very common, although recently it has become increasingly common in large greenhouses.