Typhonium venosum (= Sauromatum venosum)
A small aroid, native to woodlands and pastures between 1300 and 2000 m (4400 and 6700 ft.) from tropical Africa through the Himalayas to western China. In spring, from an underground tuber, it forms a slender, reddish brown "flower", actually an inflorescence, that attracts flies and other insects with a foul smell and traps them with a well thought-out mechanism inside the spathe. Only once pollination has been completed, the insects are released after a thorough drenching in pollen to fly off and become trapped by the next voodoo lily. After flowering, usually only a single, large, broadly palmate leaf is formed. In winter, after the leaf has wilted, the plant hibernates with its underground tuber. It is easy to keep in the warm temperate garden. In cold climates, the tuber can be brought inside and stored in a cool and barely damp place.