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Dragon arum (Dracunculus vulgaris)  - 29th May 2006

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Dragon arum (Dracunculus vulgaris) - click to enlarge

 

Dragon arum (Dracunculus vulgaris)

 

A dragon arum (Dracunculus vulgaris) on the old kalderimi joining Anopolis to Aradena.
This large flower (I have seen some that were over 80cm in size) will produce the smell of rotting meat for a short period during its flowering in order to attract flies. This is not in order to eat them (despite its "dangerous" appearance it is not a carnivorous plant) but to disperse the plant's pollen.

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