Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Voodoo Lily stinks but is also thermogenic

The Voodoo Lily is known for its odor that smells like decaying meat, however, another interesting characteristic is its ability to exert heat.

Hannah Skubatz et. Al. observed the heat production properties of the Voodoo Lily (Sauromatum guttatum), infamous for its test. The temperatures of the flower can reach to 32 degrees Celsius. To study this effect, scientists used infrared tools and dissection to observe the changes in heat in certain parts of the flower. Using infrared tools, they discovered that only the male parts of the flower gave off heat, but not the female parts. 

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