Botany in the funny papers

Jane McGary
Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:07:28 PST
To mention this botanical bit, I first have to confess to reading the 
comics section of the Sunday newspaper, which always reminds me of 
childhood, with the color section spread on the living room carpet 
and my father reading the "funnies" to us children.

Today the strip "Mark Trail," which imparts nature lore to children, 
featured stinking flowers. Three of the four got their taxonomic 
names (Stapelia gigantea, Dracunculus vulgaris, Rafflesia arnoldii, 
all spelled right), but the fourth is identified only as "the titan 
arum, or 'corpse flower'." Just to keep the strip G rated, one 
assumes, but the illustrator has added a sly comment by depicting a 
curvy woman casting a dubious glance at Amorphophallus titanum.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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