The plants that generate the most heat in the world

Thermogenesis (the ability of an organism to generate heat) is very rare in flora. However, there are exceptional cases, such as those presented below.

In plants, heat production can be measured in several ways.

Heat production can be measured in terms of the maximum rate of heat production throughout the flower, the giant hoop (Amorphophallus titanum) can generate 34.53 watts of power.

We are also facing the tallest plant: 3.1 meters, as confirmed in June 2010. It is also considered the stinkiest plant, which is why it is known as a “corpse flower”: when it blooms it gives off a stench similar to that of putrefied meat, which can be perceived up to almost 1 kilometer away.

Heat production can also be measured in another way. Arum concinnatum male florets produce up to 0.43 w/g at night; is the highest rate of heat in relation to its mass.

And there is also a third way to measure heat production. Based on the difference between ambient and flower temperatures, it has been determined that in the wild, skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is 25.6ºC hotter than the air around it, enough to melt the snow that covers it.

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