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    The strange “corpse flower” that blooms every 40 years

    Bunga bangkai, which in its translation into Spanish means corpse flower, also known as a giant ring, it is a tuberous plant which produces the impressive inflorescence.

    Their flowering is quite an event: these plants have a tuber from which a single leaf sprouts and a single stem that can reach a meter in height. From this, in turn, a spadix inflorescence is born -where the true flowers of the plant are housed- and that can almost reach three meters.

    This fact only occurs about three or four times during the forty years that the species usually lives and that is why seeing it flourish is so special, according to information from National Geographic.

    Once the process begins, the inflorescence grows at a rate of 10 centimeters a day until it reaches an average of 2.5 meters in height, one meter in diameter and a weight of 75 kilograms. After this, the corpse flower only lives for 3 days.

    On the other hand, the name bunga bangkai refers to the fetid smell that the plant gives off, whose function is to attract pollinating insects to take care of the pollen exchange necessary for their reproduction. Specifically, it attracts certain flies that lay their eggs on corpses.

    This is the tenth time that the plant has flourished in Belgium since it arrived in 2008, but this time the brave who visit it will not be able to appreciate its unpleasant smell of rotten meat, which it emits with the aim of attracting insects for their pollination and It has earned it the nickname of corpse flower.

    A specimen of “giant hoop” flourished in the botanical garden of Meise, in northern Belgium, although this year the curious will have to settle for seeing the bloom on YouTube because the greenhouse is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    This is the 10th time the plant has flourished in Belgium since it arrived in 2008, but this time the brave visitors will not be able to appreciate its unpleasant smell of rotten meat.

    The colors of this tropical plant fluctuate between yellow, green and fuchsia, but they can only be appreciated during the 72 hours that, approximately, the flowering lasts.

    The “giant hoop” was discovered in 1878 in the rainforests of Sumatra (Indonesia) and is in danger of extinction, which is why the network of European botanical gardens exchange seeds annually to conserve the species.


    Source: Curiosidades – Diario La Página by lapagina.com.sv.
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