by Francesco Lami
To inaugurate this new weekly (and extremely lazy, since I’ll just post images taken from the net adding only a few basic infos) section, I’ll use a plant instead of one of my beloved animals, mainly because of its name: those of you who were cursed, like me, to study latin, will translate it effortlessly into “huge misshapen dick“. And the flower of Amorphophallus titanum, the titan arum – which, with its 2-3 metres of height, is the biggest umbranched inflorescence in the world – does indeed look a little bit phallic. Not only that, but it also stinks like corpses to attract scvenger insects as pollinators. Interestingly enough, plants of the genus Rafflesia – another giant flower of Sumatra, not closely related to the titan arum – stinks like corpses too, and for the same reason, and so both flowers are called “corpse flower”.