October 26, 2020, 08.12 PM

PADANG, KOMPAS.com – A giant corpse flower, a native of rain forests in western Sumatra, Indonesia has bloomed in a farm belonging to a family in Simaruok in Agam regency.

The landowner known as Yossi found the Amorphophallus titanium when a stench tickled her nose upon entering the farm. She thought the unpleasant smell came from a pig carcass. It turned out that the smell was coming from the blooming corpse flower.

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“The owner of the farm namely Yossi found the flower yesterday,” Ade Putra, a staffer for forest ecosystem control at the Agam Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Agam) told Kompas.com on Monday, October 26.

Ade has estimated that the 175-centimeter endangered plant is three days old. The giant flower, he added, could only live for about 10 days before eventually withering and dying.

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“This titanium type with a maximum height of two meters could live from 7-10 days,” Ade said.

His office will look after the protected flower and prevent it from harm.

“Tomorrow, we will visit the farm to identify the flower and to protect the plant from any harm by villagers,” he said.

(Writer: Perdana Putra | Editor: Aprillia Ika)

Source: https://regional.kompas.com/read/2020/10/26/15201311/bunga-bangkai-titanum-mekar-di-areal-kebun-warga-di-agam-sumbar.

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