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Hail To The Chief?
Hail To The Chief?

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Collection: Plants
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Date: Jul 16, 2008
Aperture: 5.00
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Political, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jul 18, 2008

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Comments: 2
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Sumatran Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum) in bloom at the University of California Botanical Garden. The bloom (a multiple flower) lasts only one-two days. Its name comes from the odor of rotting flesh it emits to attract insect pollinators.

The staff nicknamed this particular plant -- it's 12 years old -- after Odoardo Beccari, the European who "discovered" of the plant. I don't know who gets credit for devising the eerily apropos taxonomic designation ...

-Cloned-in some color on the blown patches on the inflorescence (stalk)
-Slight RGB Curve Adjustment
-USM at 66%/0.6 dia/TH = 5 (applied twice)
SaveAs JPEG at quality 8/10

File: CorpseFlower_IMG_3952-DPC8.jpg

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07/18/2008 07:41:08 PM
We have a much smaller one here in the botanical garden, called the "voodoo lily" & smells like rotten meat, attracting flies & little boys in equal numbers. Its a dreadful old-blood color w/a single petal & a very long inflorescence. I'll look for a shot for you. [eta] this is a great one, & I've always wanted to get one of these!

Message edited by author 2008-07-18 19:47:14.
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07/18/2008 06:58:58 PM
Yes! We've got or used to have a smaller version of this beastie, Dracunculus/is something, and when the sun hits it it smells something awful, and though a bit phallic it made no political comment. (Very nice shot).
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