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The Franklin Park Zoo actually has five titan arums: Morticia, Fester, Edgar, Pugsley, and He Who Has Not Been Named. Here’s what they look like:
The kind Laconia area dentist gave the Franklin Park Zoo five titan arums in different stages of their life cycle. Beneath Morticia and Fester is something like a 50-pound potato. When an innocent young titan arum fails to be fertilized (oh woe!), it wilts, then sends up a stalk which becomes a fairly unassuming-looking tree, and sits and knits its chlorophyll until it has the stamina to bloom again.
You’ll find a lovely explanation of the whole Bungka Bankai life cycle at the University of Wisconsin-Madison botany department’s titan arum archive.