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.
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Why is the title “punggapung” but in the label it is correctly written as pungapung? Maybe it is just missed!
Thanks, will correct it!
This can also be found in the forests of Nueva Vizcaya. It’s edible and even more delicious than taro(gabi). We call it “tigi” in native tongue. I don’t know where they come out of this name.
Thanks for the info Jun! I haven’t tried eating it yet.
How can we found them… I have my research and i need the plant for it… But I can’t found any
I found it today,, many of them in my country,, malaysia
We found one in our farm today, in Angin, Naguilian, La Union. May 28, 2021.
Nkakain po ba Yan
We call it’s tigi, others will cook it at ipinapakain sa alagang baboy. About the corse plant, we call it ‘burakrakan’. All of them are makati kpag hinawakan. Hindi po ito kinakain.
Theres a lot of that in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. We cook and eat the stem when its still young like when the leaf still closed. We use it too to fed pigs. And we use the ripe fruit as a bait to cath birds. The flower is stink when its newly bloom and last for several days.