Monday, May 30, 2011

Amorphophallus titanum (carrion flower) and Classification

Amorphophallus titanum

Amorphophallus titanum is a plant of the tribe-talasan taro (Araceae) endemic of Sumatra, Indonesia, known as a plant with flowers (plural) in the world, though the record mentions that a relative, A. gigas (also endemic of Sumatra) to earn interest as high as 5mIts name comes from the flowers that smell like a rotting carcass, actually intended to invite the beetle and fly pollinators for flowersMany people often mistake and could not distinguish the dead flowers with "Rafflesia arnoldii" probably because people already know that as the largest flower Rafflesia and then become biased by the size of dead flowers are also great.

This plant has two phases in his life that appeared alternately, phase of vegetative and generative phase. In the vegetative phase of leaf and stem quasi appearHeight can reach 6m. After some time (years), it wilted vegetative organs and dormant tubersIf the reserve is adequate food in tubers and supportive environment, majemuknya flowers will appear. If less food reserves to grow back their leaves.
Amorphophallus titanum

The flowers are very large and high, shaped like a phallus (actually a cob or spadix) surrounded by a sheath of interest which is also large. The flowers married one and protogini: female flowers receptive first, then followed by cooking the male flowers, as a mechanism to prevent self pollination.

Classification of Amorphophallus titanum

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Aroideae
Tribe: Thomsonieae
Genus: Amorphophallus
Species: A. titanum
Dead flowers are now scattered in various places throughout the world, mainly owned by the botanical garden or a breeder-breeder specialistIn America, the flower that appears often given the nickname or given name and always attracted many visitorsUniquely many visitors come to "enjoy the smell of"her.  


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