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Distinguished Author

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José Vicente Barbosa du Bocage
  (1823-1907).

A Portuguese zoologist and politician. He was the curator of Zoology at the Museum of Natural History in Lisbon. His work at the Museum consisted in acquiring, describing and coordinating collections, many of which arrived from the Portuguese colonies in Africa, such as Angola, Mozambique, etc. He published more than 200 taxonomic papers on mammals, birds, and fishes. In the 1880s he became the Minister of the Navy and later the Minister for Foreign Affairs for Portugal. The zoology collection at the Lisbon Museum is called the Bocage Museum in his honor. He was responsible for identifying many new species, which he named according to the naturalist who found them.

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Amorphophallus titanum

Amorphophallus titanum (Becc.) Becc., Bull. Soc. Tosc. Ortic. 4(2): 46 (1879)

Some facts about this flower:

Height of inflorescence: Over 3 metres (10 ft.)
Length of leaf: Up to 6 metres (20 ft.)
Weight of corm: Around 50 kg (110 lb.)
Width: 5 metres (16 ft.) across.
Life span: Each year, the old leaf dies and a new one grows in its place.
Range: Equatorial rainforests of Sumatra.
First discovered: In 1878 by the Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari.

Amorphophallus titanum is the largest flower in the world. The fully open inflorescence emits a repulsive, "rotting-fish-with-burnt-sugar" scent. This odor, which is strongest at night, is used to attract pollinators. The plant regularly produces a single, giant, umbrella-like leaf. The tuber then enters a dormant period of 4 months before producing another one.

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