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Utah Botanist Finds Smaller Amorphophallus Species
2012-02-08 04:57:01

New plant species from Madagascar smells like roadkill The famed "corpse flower" plant — known for its giant size, rotten-meat odor and phallic shape — has a new, smaller relative: A University of Utah botanist discovered a new species of Amorphophallus that is one-fourth as tall but just as stinky. The new species, collected on two small islands off Madagascar, brings to about 170 the number of species in the genus Amorphophallus, which is Greek for "misshapen penis"...

2011-04-08 09:50:36

Attempt to measure biomagnetism in plants sets upper limit for what they generateSearching for magnetic fields produced by plants may sound as wacky as trying to prove the existence of telekinesis or extrasensory perception, but physicists at the University of California, Berkeley, are seriously looking for biomagnetism in plants using some of the most sensitive magnetic detectors available.In an article that appeared this week in the Journal of Applied Physics, the UC Berkeley scientists...

2010-06-20 08:39:15

The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley, nestled in Strawberry Canyon just above the central campus, features a mind-boggling 12,000 kinds of plants and breathtaking views of the Bay Area. The term breathtaking soon will describe the rotten flesh-like stench of the garden's about-to-blossom Titan Arum, also known as the corpse plant. This will be the sixth Titan Arum flower to fascinate visitors to the garden's Tropical House since 2005. But the still rare event, a plant...

2008-08-07 14:05:00

Botanical enthusiasts are excited to celebrate the blooming of one of the world's largest flowers; however, this phallic plant is most known for its excruciatingly awful smell. Large crowds are gathering at the National Botanic Garden of Belgium on the outskirts of Brussels in order to glimpse the Amorphophallus Titanum, which literally means "the giant strangely shaped penis". Gert Auloos, head of education at the garden, said the rare phallus-like flower that springs from the plant only...

2008-07-01 09:00:00

THERE'S nothing like the smell of rotting flesh in the morning, especially if you are a botanist. Monday morning, volunteers and botanists at UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens arrived to see the fruits of their labor reach fruition as "Odora," the corpse flower, emitted a smell that only a carrion beetle would find appealing. "It pushes the odor a mile," volunteer Judith Finn said. After 13 years, Odora finally grew into the "flowering structure" every botanist could wish for. Most...

2006-08-12 10:40:43

NEW YORK -- Inhale. New Yorkers can breathe easy again: The "corpse flower" has passed its smelly peak. But the plant dubbed "Baby" may soon have some of its own. It was the first time in 67 years that the odoriferous Amorphophallus titanum bloomed in New York City. The plant began blooming around 2 p.m. Thursday at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. By that evening, it was giving off its signature pungent odor, a smell akin to rotten eggs or garbage left out overnight, that emanated well into...

2006-08-11 15:49:52

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - An arum by any other name would smell as rank -- so it's just called the corpse flower. Crowds flocked to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Friday to see what the big stink was about -- the rare blooming of a cultivated amorphophallus titanum, one of the world's largest flowers. It also is perhaps the world's most foul-smelling plant and puts out an aroma not unlike rotting meat or fish. "I had to wear a respirator," said Alessandro Chiari, a plant...

2006-08-08 07:34:13

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of visitors filed through a Virginia Tech greenhouse to get a glimpse, and a whiff, of a powerfully malodorous "corpse flower" as it bloomed. The large Indonesian plant, whose botanical name is Amorphophallus titanum, began opening up about 6 p.m. Friday and was in full bloom by early Saturday morning, curator Debbie Wiley-Vawter said in a telephone interview Monday. The plant emits a stench to attract decaying flesh-eating beetles, flies and sweat bees for...

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