This Giant Plant Looks Like Raw Meat and Smells Like Dead Rat | Deep Look

This Giant Plant Looks Like Raw Meat and Smells Like Dead Rat | Deep Look

It happens maybe only once a decade and lasts about 24 hours. The bloom of the rare and gigantic Titan arum, better known as the “corpse flower.” It’s a mimic. It copies the stench of dead, rotting animals. But hold up. What you’re looking at isn’t actually
the flower. That part? It’s a modified leaf called the spathe. It even looks like raw meat. And this is the spadix. It heats up, like a mammal’s body … so
warm, it steams. It’s all meant to attract its pollinators,
insects that lay their eggs on fresh carcasses. But the flowers? They’re way down in here. Each of these is a male flower. And below are the female ones. With just hours to reproduce, the stakes are high for titan arum. It would be easy if it could reproduce using its own pollen. But the plant needs fresh genetic material
– pollen from other corpse flowers – to make these, the fruit and seeds that eventually will become healthy new plants. So it staggers things. The female flowers are ready first. They get sticky. The plant sends out its powerful stench, more than 30 chemicals in all. Some are nice. The spathe releases a jasmine smell. But mostly, it smells like funky cheese, rotting garlic, or dead rat in the wall. That aroma tricks flies to come investigate, thinking it might be a good spot for their young. And they might bring along pollen from another corpse flower, brushing it on the female flowers. A few hours later, the male flowers release strings of pollen. Some of it falls on the female flowers, but
by then they’re no longer able to use it, which is how the plant avoids pollinating
itself. Titan arum is rare. Poachers and deforestation in Sumatra, where it’s from, have taken a toll. And in botanical gardens, like here at the
University of California in Berkeley, there aren’t any other titan arums in ¬¬bloom
to share pollen with. So when one opens up, biologists often collect pollen by hand to freeze and use later, when another corpse flower is ready. Which is how this lonely giant survives, with such a foul and fleeting bloom. Hi, it’s Lauren. We found this little guy cruising on a corpse flower in Berkeley. Slugs sometimes pollinate plants, but usually not corpse flowers. To see some primetime pollinators, check out our episode about how bees vibrate to collect pollen. And watch what happens when you put a hummingbird in a wind tunnel. See you next time!

Comments (100)

  1. Oh look a beautiful flower

  2. Am I the only one that think the pollen look tasty?

  3. This reminds my bio class where someone played sweet home Alabama during the mentioning of inbreeding of flowers

  4. Hello my country

  5. 1:00 that’s fake

  6. Was this scored? The music in this is wonderful

  7. you give girl this flower she will not forget you.

  8. So this is Sasquatch's aunt! It's been reported that they smell like this! ???

  9. those bugs we have at home wen some body poo if they stick those bugs will come out

  10. The female flowers, ironically look like male genitalia.

  11. Death Battle.

    Titan Arum vs Rafflesia

  12. We have the smaller version of this (30-45cm tall). And there are one season you will found this flower in your backyard (not only one flower, sometimes you wil found 3-5) aaaannnnd yeah, imagine the smell

  13. * it smells like a dead rat *
    I W A N N A S M E L L

  14. We have a rarer yet almost unnoticeable different version of this plant in Florida Selby gardens, that only blooms every 70-80 years not 10 – 20. I’ve only seen it once on bloom and possible will never again.

  15. Its not a flower its a chemical organisation…i think its from new Zealand

  16. 2:36 i didn't know flowers have genders

    EDIT:i really didn't know

  17. 0:57 So warm
    Me: ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  18. If it weren't for humans collecting pollen so others could pollinate, these flowers would be dead meat.

  19. Female flower have d

  20. These types of channels are so worth watching

  21. this flower is just like your mom

  22. Such magical flower

  23. 2:56 eeewwww looks like when you pop a pimple

  24. Very interesting but I work with enough people that resemble this smell – won't be seeing this flower anytime soon, thanx ??

  25. The logo made me thought I was watching crash course and I almost had a Vietnam flashback

  26. I don't know why I watched this. Furthermore, I don't know why I watched the whole thing. It was in my recommendations for some reason. I left a like.

  27. Now I’m curious I want to taste it!!!

  28. The spadix is throbbing!

  29. The male flower are disgusting

  30. It's the flower from the "Dennis the menace" movie

  31. It has an… interesting shape…

  32. It's called a egg plant I've raed a book about plants it smells like a rotten egg and a dead rat and I'm not jokeing… it's descusseting

  33. I legit thought the thumbnail was something else

  34. The female flowers are transgender ?


  36. When I was child it's easy to find Titan Arum or Bunga Bangke in bamboo garden around my house

  37. I thought the "Rafflesia" Is the corpse flower?

  38. Gets hard once a decade

  39. I'm from Indonesia and there is another flower with terrible smell. Its name is Rafflessia Arnoldi. Discovered by Thomas Stanford Raffless at the time of British occupation in Indonesia. The flower smells really horrible.??

  40. Is this the palnet where thanos came from.

  41. Does dead rat smell especially different, coz I feel like the title could have been more concise

  42. The female part looks like a-

    CHiLd FRiENDlY

  43. Looks like raw mean, and smells like dead rat

    Mr Stark..I don’t feel so good ?

  44. Why tf is this in my recommendation list??

  45. I want to know why God decided to make the female flowers look like that.

  46. It smells like a dead rat? I saw a time lapse video of this in a room somewhere, good god it must have smelled terrible in there.

  47. You know what you were doing when you showed the FEMALE parts

  48. That was interesting.

  49. is it just me or does the male part of the plant look like exploding white heads when it releases its pollen lol

  50. A dead rat smells really bad. I saw 8. I was traumatized

  51. *Who wants to chop it with a Sword*

  52. It uh…looks like something else….

  53. Interesting ?????

  54. On the thumbnail i see something

  55. What I see on the recommendation screen:
    “This plant looks like raw meat and smells like D…”

    *Clicks in video*


  56. spa – dix
    spa – spa
    dix – ???

  57. But what does it taste like?

  58. You can find this here in the Philippines. Yeah, she's correct. It smells so bad ?

  59. Wait, why y’all talking bout me

  60. They all get sticky when they are ready??

  61. The forbidden c o r n

  62. This pollination looks disgusting

  63. Look like raw meat. Smell like dead rat. I eat.

  64. ok if you look at my username, the flower and i have the same last name-

  65. Smells like dead rat

  66. Literally no one:

    The videos I watch at 3 AM:

  67. 2:24 why does it looks like beans

  68. Why does everything on this plant looks disgusting-

  69. I wonder if it is in the same family as voo doo lily. Smells bad too.

  70. Great video.. it gives me knowledge

  71. He seems so lonely!

  72. Looks like raw meat, smells like dead rat, taste like human fetus

  73. How does the flower know what meat looks and smells like? Does it have eyes and a nose or something?

  74. Lauren at the end: “Hi it’s Lauren!”


  75. Satan flower!!!!

  76. Dennis the Menace vibes.

  77. Ah…go pollinate yourself.

  78. And people said flies were useless. You go girl! 😀

  79. Spadix? More like Spenix

  80. It looks like a vegetable???????????

  81. when you're a late bloomer and just hit puberty at the age of 59

  82. That steam was fake look at it closely

  83. The male flowers look like corn

  84. Interesting flower.

  85. Titan Arum? More like Titan Armpit

  86. I juts want to know how can I send a Bouquet of this type of flowers to my baby’s mom ,on her birthday. ?

  87. 1:22 if they're females then why do they look like d-OK THAT'S ENOUGH

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