Amorphophallus titanium is a strange plant, consisting of a large tuber from which a single leaf grows. It takes 10 to 15 years for this plant to flower. But then it really does flower, for 2 days and nights. Amorphophallus titanium knows exactly how to attract as many insects as possible in a short time: the plant exudes the scent of rotting flesh, is 15 degrees warmer than the environment and emits infrared light. For insects, it’s a sweet-smelling beacon.

Amorphophallus titanium is a strange plant, consisting of a large tuber from which a single leaf grows. It takes 10 to 15 years for this plant to flower. But then it really does flower, for 2 days and nights. Amorphophallus titanium knows exactly how to attract as many insects as possible in a short time: the plant exudes the scent of rotting flesh, is 15 degrees warmer than the environment and emits infrared light. For insects, it’s a sweet-smelling beacon.

De oranjerie by Gien*, via Flickr

The Orangery in the Botanical Garden in Leiden. Even in winter it looks kind of romantic, so you can imagine how many weddings are held there in spring and summer.

De oranjerie by Gien*, via Flickr

The Orangery in the Botanical Garden in Leiden. Even in winter it looks kind of romantic, so you can imagine how many weddings are held there in spring and summer.

Once every year people have the chance to have their baby photographed on one of the leaves of the giant water lily Victoria Amazonica. Babies have to be under 6 months old for the leaf to hold the weight. And look at those cute pictures!

Once every year people have the chance to have their baby photographed on one of the leaves of the giant water lily Victoria Amazonica. Babies have to be under 6 months old for the leaf to hold the weight. And look at those cute pictures!

Liriodendron  by Hortus botanicus Leiden, via Flickr

Liriodendron by Hortus botanicus Leiden, via Flickr

Magical world... by ~ Marjolein ~, via Flickr

Seen at the botanical garden in Leiden, the Netherlands.

The botanical garden is a great place for students to relax after al long day of studying.

The botanical garden is a great place for students to relax after al long day of studying Leiden.

Taxodiacede, moerascypres, Hortus Leiden

Taxodiacede, moerascypres, Hortus Leiden

In celebration of the 425th anniversary of the Leiden University Hortus Botanicus, a selection of sculptures with the theme 'Botanica' will be presented in the Hortus Botanicus and the Hooglandse Kerkgracht from 13 may until 2 August 2015. These magnificent sculptures are made by ten young and promising artists especially for this open air exhibition.

In celebration of the 425th anniversary of the Leiden University Hortus Botanicus, a selection of sculptures with the theme 'Botanica' will be presented in the Hortus Botanicus and the Hooglandse Kerkgracht from 13 may until 2 August 2015. These magnificent sculptures are made by ten young and promising artists especially for this open air exhibition.

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