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‘Orbea Variegata’ propagated from seed (germinated Dec 2018, SeedsandAll)
It is shown here producing its first flower. What makes this plant so unusual is that the flower emits a strong rather putrid smell that attracts its main pollinator - flies. The genus is distributed widely throughout Africa and enters the Arabian Peninsula. Strangely, Orbea localities have not been observed in Madagascar nor in the South African province of Lesotho. This genus is florally very diverse and flowers are adapted to a wide range of different fly species.
Bayon Temple is best known today for the gigantic face sculptures that adorn its towers. According to scholars, the Bayon Temple appears “as but a muddle of stones, a sort of moving chaos assaulting the sky.” The temple was intended to evoke the form of Mt. Meru—the cosmic mountain at the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology. There are 54 towers with 216 faces of King Jayavarman VII in it (who perhaps imagined himself as a god-King ruling in the name of the Buddha.) Out of all of the faces, only one is smiling.
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