Common Names: pungapung, corpse flower
Origin: occurs in India through Malaya to Polynesia
- it flowers before leafing
- the leaves are eaten when they are still closed
- I saw two of these, near the entrance
- It’s called corpse flower because of its “malodorous flowering stage”. It probably smells like rotting flesh, but I couldn’t smell it that day. Maybe because it was raining? Or maybe because it wasn’t fresh anymore.
Additional photos of a young plant from June 2013
I finally saw and smelled the fresh flowers in June 2017! There was a whole row of them! They truly smell like a rotting animal.
With Barkley, for scale.