If you think humans jump through a lot of hoops just to reproduce, check out this plant. It waits 7-10 years, storing up starch in a giant tuber, just so it can bloom for a single day. Then it pretends to be a hunk of rotting meat to attract insect pollinators. Then, months later, it switches tactics to a produce a sweet fruit so birds will disperse it’s seeds.
If you have never smelled a titan arum but for some odd reason you would like to … you are in … luck? Scientists have identified the exact malodorous chemicals that come off these strange flowers to attract pollinators - so you can create the scent at home!*
*please, for your own sake, don’t try this at home.
As good a breakdown of Amorphophallus titanum as you’re likely to find. And who wouldn’t enjoy a recipe for one of nature’s most impressive stinkbombs? —MN
Not sure if this was a real study or not, but I hope so:
Need an energy-boost?
Sit under a tree.
A study at the University of Michigan found that smelling the distinct organic aroma of growing trees - and listening to the soothing nature sounds, like the rustling of leaves - stimulates your brain’s frontal lobe … And increases production of energy-boosting beta waves … Which can literally double your energy in as little as 10 Minutes.
Best of the Garden turned 2 today! Thanks to everyone following!