Experience the smell of rotten meat!


Hilde Jacobsen, g.h.jacobsen@nhm.uio.no Photo: Brita Stedje | 25/01/13 | Oslo

Amorphophallus konjac is in bloom in the Victoria house. The name comes from the Latin words "amorphous" (without form or misshaped) and "phallus" (penis) – referring to the prominent spadix.

Amorphophallus plants in bloom are spectacular to watch, but not that popular. The flower is pollinated by flies. To attract these flies it presents a scent of what flies like most: rotten meat, over-ripe fruit and fresh faeces.

The flower only lasts for a couple of days before it withers, so you better hurry!

To read more about the genus, visit the website of the NHM.


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