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.
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!
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.