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"?
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