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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.

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4 Responses

Wow, Derek! I’ve never seen a plant do that – and great soundtrack.

Posted by kate on 13 May 2012 @ 7pm

So frakkin’ cool! I think the inflorescence of Ornithogalum caudatum would have a similar show for you – it wags around like a puppy’s tail!

Posted by Kenneth Moore on 13 May 2012 @ 8pm

That was fun! It reminds me of my Amorphophallus ongsakulii, which I grew in a window last year. It could turn its leaf from facing away from the window to being nearly horizontal facing the window in just a few hours.

Posted by Owen on 14 May 2012 @ 12pm

I love time-lapse video. It was great to see the plant open, how cool.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Posted by Liza on 16 May 2012 @ 9am


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