Monday, 18 January 2010

The largest flower in the world



I got these photos in an e-mail so they may be a year or two old by the time they’ve travelled the e-mail circuit round the world. But whenever it happened they are pretty amazing. This is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world - blossoming in R Blanco , Veracruz , Mexico .

At 2 metres high and weighing 75 kilos, it has the peculiarity of blooming only during three days every 40 years. You'd only see it once or twice in a lifetime!



Amorphophallus titanum is called the Titan Arum or Cadaverous Flower – from its smell. It is a member of the Arum fanily (Araceae) which not only includes this, the largest unbranched inflorescence, but also that of the smallest flowering plant and smallest fruit, found in the duckweed, Wolffia .



Shouldn't this qualify as the "8th Wonder of the World"?

9 comments:

  1. That is an absoutely incredible flower. I'm not sure I'd want to be in the surrounding crowd when the bee shows up that is going to be polinating it. I think I run away to find a dictionary to look up the word pollenate...or pollinate...whatever.

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  2. Isn't this the plant from "Little House of Horrors"? the movie? It is gigantic! I would love to grow a flower that big! It has to be tropical I am sure.... and in the dessert....it wouldn't have much of a chance...

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  3. It's hard to believe, isn't it? Just amazing!

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  4. Amazing, it should be the eighth wonder if it lasted more than three days.

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  5. The problem in nominating an eighth wonder of the world is that there are so many billions of wonders to choose from. I wouldn't know where to start - or to stop.

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  6. Could we have an eighth wonder that can only be seen for three days every 40 years?

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  7. That's amazing! I'd love to take a few dozen photos of that...

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  8. That looks like something out of a science fiction movie...

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