|Muttart Conservatory Pyramid|
This flower is a carrion flower called Amorphophallus titanum that grows in Sumatra, Indonesia. The plant I saw at the Muttart Conservatory on April 22, 2013 had to be seven or eight feet tall (over 2 metres) and it flowers for a couple of days before dying back to a bulb (a big bulb). The people at the conservatory also said the plant really stinks, especially when it had just opened up. The smell is like old rotting garbage on a hot summer day or dirty diapers. When I went I didn't get to experience the full 4D effect of fantastic smellovision - that is good I think, but some people were saying they caught a wiff. Some of the specimens of this flower have been measured at over 10 feet in height or 3 metres too! The plant is rare and there are only like 5 flowerings at different gardens around the world each year.
|The Giant Carrion Plant|
|It's pretty tall|
|Closeup of the petals.|
It was actually pretty nice to go to the conservatory as spring has been pretty late here in Canada this year. The greenery was really nice. Also, included below are pictures of a Japanese Persimmon tree, followed by some photos of one of the worlds oldest surviving species of trees, the Dawn Redwood or Metasequoia glyptostroboides (gotta love the name).
You can view my trip to the Tokyo Skytree here.