The Titan Arum or Bunga Bangkai ("Corpse flower") (Amorphophallus titanum) [or endearingly known as "Mr. Stinky" at Farichild] is a rare botanical wonder that produces the world's largest and worst-smelling flower. Growing taller than a human, the bloom of Amorphophallus titanum can reach seven to twelve feet in height! When the bloom first opens, a powerful stench is released that offends humans but is alluring to carrion beetles that pollinate the plant in the wild. Native to rainforests on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Amorphophallus titanum flowers only a few times in its lifespan. This rainforest giant is threatened with extinction-habitat loss.
From August 2, 2008