(Dryand. ex Aiton) Hett. & P.C.Boyce
Arum venosum Dryand. ex Aiton
Typhonium venosum, probably better known under its synonym Sauromatum venosum, is a common shade-loving house or garden plant from temperate and tropical Africa and Asia. It grows to around 20 inches tall from an underground corm. A large T. venosum corm can spawn multiple new corms. Inflorescences emerge before their leaves. This plant is also known as the Voodoo bulb because of its ability to flower from a corm without soil and water. An inflorescence has a purplish-brown-spotted, yellowish spathe and a purplish-brown spadix which emit a strong odor perceived as similar to cow manure, rotting flesh, or a dirty wet dog, depending on who smells the inflorescence. The odor lasts about 2 days, and attracts carrion-feeding insects, such as calliphorid flies and silphid beetles which can pollinate this plant.
It produces its own heat.
- Yoon, Carol Kaesuk (1 October 1996). "Heat of Lotus Attracts Insects And Scientists" – via NYTimes.com.
- Hetterscheid, W. & P. C. Boyce. 2000. a reclassification of Sauromatum Schott and new species of Typhonium Schott (Araceae). Aroideana 23: 48–55.
- Pink, A. (2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
- (in French) Sauromatum venosum
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