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^^^^Ewwwwwwww.
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The red coloring is quite beautiful.

What do you know about them, Bot? How often do they open? Standard size, etc.?
That's our boy (and girl).

This is from memory as I haven't studied this stuff in decades. I have seen one. The aroma is memorable in a way few things ever are.

The male flowers are disposed along the upper portion of the interior column (spadix). The female flowers are lower down near the base. The flower has a putrescence that can stagger your senses at 10 meters or so. the smell of decaying flesh attracts all manner of insects which fly to the flower. Many land on the upper portion of the spadix where the male flowers predominate and then crawl downward to where the aroma is most powerful. In the process they pick-up pollen from the male flowers and deposit pollen on the females.

The flower persists for a week or so, IIRC. Then it begins to liquify into a pool of decaying material that is said to be so revolting that botanists spontaneously projectile vomit when studying the plant up close.

I think it's found in the Indonesian archipelago of islands. In North America it's closest kin are plants called, "skunk cabbage" and "jack-in-the-pulpit." Tropical cousins that are familiar include Philodendron and Anthurium. They have nearly identical floral structure. In the theory of evolution, sexual reproduction is conservative. What that means is that all kinds of things can mutate but individuals must be able to recognize sex when it's available, else the species dies. So in plants and many insects, study of the reproductive organs and processes determine taxonomic kinship.

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^^^^^^^

Have you been to Kew Gardens? It's a brilliant place to spend a day.The carniverous plant collection and the Giant Amazonian Waterlillies were always my favourite exhibits, but I haven't been for years.Queen Charlotte's house in the grounds has just had a multi million pound renovation with great attention to Georgian detail so I think I might take my daughters over there when they get back from their vacation.
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You like to touch it, don't ya fella?
Do you think it feels good?

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Thanks, Bot. Very interesting.
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That's our boy (and girl).

This is from memory as I haven't studied this stuff in decades. I have seen one. The aroma is memorable in a way few things ever are.

The male flowers are disposed along the upper portion of the interior column (spadix). The female flowers are lower down near the base. The flower has a putrescence that can stagger your senses at 10 meters or so. the smell of decaying flesh attracts all manner of insects which fly to the flower. Many land on the upper portion of the spadix where the male flowers predominate and then crawl downward to where the aroma is most powerful. In the process they pick-up pollen from the male flowers and deposit pollen on the females.

The flower persists for a week or so, IIRC. Then it begins to liquify into a pool of decaying material that is said to be so revolting that botanists spontaneously projectile vomit when studying the plant up close.

I think it's found in the Indonesian archipelago of islands. In North America it's closest kin are plants called, "skunk cabbage" and "jack-in-the-pulpit." Tropical cousins that are familiar include Philodendron and Anthurium. They have nearly identical floral structure. In the theory of evolution, sexual reproduction is conservative. What that means is that all kinds of things can mutate but individuals must be able to recognize sex when it's available, else the species dies. So in plants and many insects, study of the reproductive organs and processes determine taxonomic kinship.

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I'd be willing to bet that picture was taken at our Lincoln Park Conservatory. we have one there and it did bloom several years ago. It smelled like GMISBEST's posts oddly.

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Nope, that is the actual specimen at Kew to which Botty refers.
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Nope, that is the actual specimen at Kew to which Botty refers.
Well........................Fuh Kew.

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