Kodak moment, June 28, 2010

Voodoo Lily, Dracunculus vulgaris


Voodoo lily, dragon lily, or snake lily; this fascinating lily, at the northeastern corner of apartment 103, was first described by botanist Heinrich Wilhelm Schott, who specialized in the Family of plants known as the Araceae and who in 1845 became the Director of the Imperial Gardens at Schonbruun Palace, Austria. It is native to the northeastern Mediterranean, Greece, and Southwestern Turkey.
Both male and female reproductive parts are in the bottom of the spectacular flower, which attracts flies with its rotten meat odor. The flies slide down the slippery insides of the flower and pollinate the flower, when the flower fades and collapses the flies can then escape. The plant does not eat insects. Fortunately the foul odor only lasts a day or two at most.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. This is such a cool looking flower, I have always admire them, and thought how strangely wonderful it would be to have one. But I think the reality of its scent would make me regret it some.

    There is another lily that blooms only every 100 years or so, and can stink up an entire neighborhood with its horrible stench. I wonder what my neighbors would think of that. Hmm.

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