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Flies collect around the spadix and spathe

The titan arum is a flowering plant known for its pungent order when flowering. Due to its fragrance, which is reminiscent of the smell of a decomposing mammal, the titan arum is also known as a carrion flower, the "Corpse flower", or "Corpse plant". It thrives at the edges of rainforests near open grasslands. Though found in many botanic gardens around the world it is still indigenous only to the tropical forests of Sumatra.


This one is named "Maladora" is currently blooming at the UC Berkeley botanical gardens.

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Taken on June 30, 2010