Penis-shaped plant seen in La Union ›

A strange-looking, smelly plant suddenly sprouted out of nowhere in a quaint barangay in Agoo, La Union.

While the residents of Sta. Rita were celebrating their fiesta and parading their patron saint last weekend, most were suddenly drawn to a plant that grew near the road.

“I thought they were looking at a fetus… From afar, it looked like decaying meat,” a resident said of the eggplant-colored plant with a huge cone structure in the middle.

Nobody knew who planted it there, and so it became the barangay’s attraction. People from out of town suddenly emerged and took their pictures with the plant, notwithstanding the foul smell.

People likened it to the Rafflesia, the world’s biggest flower, but upon looking at the pictures, University of the Philippines Diliman Institute of Biology director Perry Ong said it is Amorphophallus campanulatus.

In an email exchange, Ong said, “FYI, Amorphophallus means 'amorpho' (without shape or misshapen); phallus is ‘penis.’”

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