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Latin America's first corpse flower blooms

by webdev

December 21, 2010

Latin America saw the first-ever blooming of the corpse flower on its soil on Monday at a Brazilian botanical garden in Gerais Mines, Fox News reports.

The corpse flower, otherwise known as Amorphophallus titanum, gets its name from the dead-body-like rotten meat scent it gives off to attract its prey, can climb up to three meters in height and lives for 40 years on average, though the event of its growth is extremely rare.

Eduardo Goncalves of the Center of Art and Botany of Inhotim was the botanist who was responsible for the blooming of the Indonesia native, which last bloomed last July in Tokyo, the news source reports.

"It makes us very happy that something of this magnitude could happen in Latin America. It is an extraordinary thing," Bernardo Paz of the Inhotim garden told the news source.

Flower enthusiasts looking to bring Latin American intrigue to their contemporary flower arrangements or international flower deliveries without any off-putting smells may consider putting orchids or bromeliads in their cut flower bouquets, both emblematic blooms of Central and South America, reports

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