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Plant of the Month: Pseudohydrosme gabunensis

Plant of the Month: Pseudohydrosme gabunensis

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, March 14, 2016/Categories: natural history, art and design, plants

                 Pseudohydrosme gabunensis, the Huntington Gardens, California (credit: SWP Media) 

Everyone knows the famous "corpse flower" or Titan Arum a plant from Sumatra, that produces a putrid smell to attract pollinators when flowering, that is grown in botanical gardens worldwide. However, few people have ever heard of a related species, Pseudohydrosme gabunensis from Africa. Pseudohydrosme and the Titan flower are both members of the large family of tropical plants called aroids. The International Aroid Society has provided an interesting description of this rare and virtually unknown species from Gabon in Africa.

Enjoy this 'Plant of the Month' that was photographed while blooming in the 'off-limits', research greenhouses at the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena, California.

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