Amorphophallus henryi’s Hypnotic Leaf Dance
Of all the timelapse videos I’ve done, I’ve never seen a plant move around as much as this Amorphophallus henryi in the middle stage of its opening. Just watch it boogie and compare it to the relative stillness of the plants in the background.
Amorphophallus henryi, 5 shots per minute during daylight for 12 days.
Though it looks like a small tree, what you see here is actually a single leaf. If you followed it down into the soil, you’d see it’s coming from a bulb (aka tuber). The tuber alternates between putting out a leaf or a flower each season. The flower is huge, deep red, and stinks like rotting flesh to attract pollinators. Since I’m seeing this leaf dance now, it means I’ll have to wait to see (and smell) its flower another year.