20 July,2016: Hundreds of people lined up at the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary at Alattil, near Periya, in north Wayanad to get a glimpse of a rare and the largest flower in the world,which was opened on monday .It smells like rotting flesh and is almost two metres tall.
Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary was established by late Wolfgang Theuerkauf, a German who dedicated over 30 years of his life to the conservation of plants of southern India.
Amorphophallus Titanum or Titan arum , more commonly called the Corpse Flower, the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, for nine years.
The giant flower plant is a native to Indonesia’s Sumatra region as said by Suma Keloth, conservationist of the sanctuary.
The corpse flower cannot self-pollinate and its stench attracts sweat bees and carrion beetles that live on animal carcasses. It will flower will last just 48 hours before it collapses in on itself.
Apart from the Amorphophallus Titanum, the sanctuary has been harbouring more than 200 species of orchids, of the 300 species reported in the Western Ghats, 250 species of ferns, 50 varieties of balsam and 20 species of araceae species of plants including Amorphophallus Titanum.