It has been a month of corpse flowers!
In 2008, a rare and unusual palm was discovered in remote Madagascar. Hailed as the most important new species of its kind, the tree made headline news—not for its notable survival, but for its spectacular demise. If the Tahina spectabilis had an epitaph, it would read "The gigantic palm that flowered itself to death." And, quite literally, it did. After 50 years of unnoticed steady growth, the palm bursts into flower. The hundreds of tiny blossoms drip with nectar, and a pollinating frenzy ensues.