This Giant Plant Looks Like Raw Meat and Smells Like Dead Rat | Deep Look

by birtanpublished on September 5, 2020

it happens maybe only once a decade and lasts about 24 hours the bloom of the rare and gigantic titan arum better known as the corpse flower it's a mimic it copies the stench of

Dead rotting animals but hold up what you're looking at isn't actually the flower that parts it's a modified leaf called the space it even looks like raw meat and this is the spadix it heats up like a mammals body so warm it steams

It's all meant to attract its pollinators insects that lay their eggs on fresh carcasses but the flowers they're way down in here each of these is a male flower and below are the female ones with just hours to

Reproduce the stakes are high for titan arum it would be easy if it could reproduce using its own pollen but the plant needs fresh genetic material pollen from other corpse flowers to make these the fruit and seeds that

Eventually will become healthy new plants so it staggers things the female flowers are ready first they get sticky the plant sends out its powerful stench more than 30 chemicals in all some are nice the space releases a Jasmine smell

But mostly it smells like funky cheese rotting garlic or dead rat in the wall that aroma tricks flies to come investigate thinking it might be a good spot for their young and they might bring along pollen from another corpse

Flower brushing it on the female flowers a few hours later the male flowers release strings of pollen some of it falls on the female flowers but by then they're no longer able to use it which is how the plant avoids pollinating

Itself titan arum is rare poachers and deforestation in Sumatra where it's from have taken a toll and in Botanical Gardens like here at the University of

California in Berkeley there aren't any other titan Arabs in bloom to share pollen with so when one opens up biologists often collect pollen by hand to freeze and use later when another corpse flower is ready which is how this

Lonely giant survives with such a foul and fleeting blue hi it's Lauren we found this little guy cruising on a corpse flower in Berkeley slugs sometimes pollinate plants but usually not corpse flowers to see some primetime

Pollinators check out our episode about how bees vibrate to collect pollen and watch what happens when you put a hummingbird in a wind tunnel see you next time

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