New Philippine corpse flower is phallic-shaped, funky smelling — and nearly extinct

Forester Leonardo Udasco Jr. and his team were deep in the forests of the northern Philippines in 2019 when they first spotted a plant they’d never seen before: a small, phallic-shaped flower with a putrid odor of rotting flesh.

Fast-forward two years, and that plant they found while conducting a biodiversity assessment in Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed Forest Reserve (PCWFR), in Nueva Ecija province, has now officially been described as a species new to science. With the help of botanists from the Philippine Taxonomic Initiative (PTI), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), the University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio and the University of Hamburg, this regal maroon plant was identified as a previously unknown member of the Amorphophallus genus, many of which are also known as “corpse flowers” because of the smell they emit.

READ MORE: New Philippine corpse flower is phallic-shaped, funky smelling — and nearly extinct (mongabay.com)

Banner Image: Amorphophallus minimus in vegetative and flowering stage. Image courtesy of Leonardo C. Udasco, Jr/DENR.

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