Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bunga Bangkai or Corpse Flower

This 1982 series of 500Rp Indonesian banknote features Bunga Bangkai or Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum), one of the flowering plants with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. In other words, it is the largest flower with cluster of flowers arranged on the stem that is composed on a main branch. Of course many recognise the Rafflesia as the world number one flower. Indeed, Rafflesia is the largest single flower in the world.

The local name of Bunga Bangkai or Corpse Flower was named in such the way that Bunga means flower and Bangkai means corpse. The flower name was adopted mainly due to fragrance which is reminiscent of the smell of a decomposing mammal. It was originally found in the tropical forests of Sumatra, Indonesia. One interesting of this flower is that it can grow up the 3 meters or 10 feet height.

500 Rp issued in 1982 features the Corpse flower or Titan arum

The tropical forest of Southeast Asia is home to many flora and fauna that you can only see them in this part of planet. Many of them are already classified as endangered species and protected by the local government or international organizations.

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