Family Name: Araceae
Native to: Laos
The Amorphophallus genus is known for producing some of the stinkiest and largest plants in the botanical world. However, the Amorphophallus ongsakulii is surprisingly miniature. The fern-like leaves only grow to about 3 inches tall. The inflorescence is equally tiny, about the size of a thumb, and emits a faint spicy sweet smell.
Amorphophallus ongsakulii was only discovered in 2004 in the Khammouane Province of Laos and then later named in 2006. This tiny plant is a great example of the endless biodiversity waiting to be discovered. Its native habitat is in the tropical rainforest understory of Laos.