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There are some Voodoo Lilies, (Amorphophallus bulbifer) growing in our garden.
They are native plants from the Indian subcontinent.
One member of the genus, (A. titanum) has the world's largest inflorescence.  A flower 2 metres high and more than 1 metre wide.

The flower spike emerges from the ground following dormancy and, after opening, the flower needs to be pollinated by insects within 24 hours.  It attracts them by generating an appalling stench of rotting flesh.

These photos were taken over a 4 week time frame.

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  1. The four pictures are just amazing…to see the plant in all four stages…the bloom was magnificent!

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  2. Wow!!! Gorgeous. That plant could eat my cats.

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  3. the bloom was magnificent! I would really like to see the giant species….that would be something to remember.

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  4. That plant could eat my cats. Our cat doesn't go anywhere near it because of the stink 🙂

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  5. Love the name "voodoo lilies" – do you know the history behind that name?

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  6. Love the name "voodoo lilies" – do you know the history behind that name? Good question Emjay….I've just done a search and the only thing I can find is some tenuous connection between "stink" and "voodoo".

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