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I figure I’ll try that whole picture uploading thing, and what better to start with than my husband and a big stinky flower? So here, for your edification and enjoyment are (hopefully) a couple of pictures of Amorphophallus titanum at the University of Connecticut greenhouse when it bloomed a month or so ago.

 

For scale, Bob is 6’ tall. The plant is elevated a bit in it’s pot, but not all that much.



This link amuses the living daylights out of me.

 http://www.bbg.org/vis2/2006/titan/video/

 If you look carefully at the Latin name of the plant, and look at the spathe (which will make the Latin make perfect sense), and then watch the video you will see why it appeals to my rather juvenile sense of humor.

 If this works, I’ll put up a picture of the kitchen project I’ve been blathering about.

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merimask
Jun. 5th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
It works! :-D I see pictures of a big glowy vaguely radioactive-looking plant. Whew. It's HUGE.

The pic of Bob with the flower is hilarious. It needs a caption "Honey...don't say I never bring you flowers anymore. Sorry this one smells like a dead thing." He looks sort of uncomfortable, standing there. How bad did it stink?
kls_eloise
Jun. 6th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! Another small victory over technology! It really doesn't take much to excite me these days!

He was posing, which neither of us do gracefully. I'd just snapped at him to "straighten up," because he was leaning in when I wanted him there for scale. One of the other folks there asked if I was a school teacher because of the way I was barking orders. I said "no, just pushy."

It smelled pretty ripe. When you first walked into the greenhouse you got a face full of old roadkill reek, but my nose went dead to it within a couple of minutes. If you were foolish enough to peek up over the top of the cowl into the flower, your nose woke up and told you about it! The cowl helps concentrate the odor to guide the pollinators down to where the actual flower parts are.

It was actually pretty interesting. Most carrion generally falls into the category of "smells you can taste." The titan arum had all of the aroma without leaving that horrible taste on the back of my tongue. It must produce a completely different type of esters, but I don't know enough about either botany or decomposition to speculate any farther.

It looks fairly "Little Shop of Horrors," doesn't it? I kept fighting the urge to yell "Feed me, Seymour!" because it was just too predictable.
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