The Corpse Flower: One of Nature’s Monsters

This magnificent Corpse Flower is in bloom at New York Botanical Gardens. AMORPHOPHALLUS TITANUM smells of rotting flesh and resembles an enormous phallus. Proof that truth really is stranger than fiction. I see it as a symbol of my research appearing as it does at the threshold of two worlds – straddling botanical and gothic culture; it is one of nature’s monsters.  I recommend a trip to these gardens. I did some work with researchers there on Poetic Botany, A Digital Exhibition, in my guise as a botanist and they are magnificent!

 

About Lucy Northenra

Senior Lecturer in Literature, University of Hertfordshire
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