The Magic of Plants 植物的魔法特展: Your Chance to Smell a Corpse Flower

A view of the creative interior at the Magic of Plants 植物的魔法特展 exhibit in the National Taiwan Museum.

A view of the creative interior at The Magic of Plants 植物的魔法特展 exhibit in the National Taiwan Museum.

Not only is the National Taiwan Museum in Taipei a beautiful piece of architecture, it also constantly has fascinating exhibits.  One currently featured is The Magic of Plants 植物的魔法特展 which highlights the unique survival aspects of plants and how they manage to survive using some truly unbelievable methods.  I know, plants are not exactly the most exhilarating subject for some people, but the hands-on activities, inventive layout, and surprising information makes it worth a visit.  Check out some pictures after the jump.

I’m not botanist, so I found many of the information discussed to be enlightening.  The exhibit encompasses two rooms on the ground floor, each with its own artistic design and focus.  A common trend throughout the exhibit is how plants survive.  Plants often have a symbiotic relationship with other plants and animals in order to ensure their growth.  One of my favorite facts I read is that a certain plant, when attacked by small mites, emits an odor that attracts the mites natural predator.

The exhibit has several hands on activities, though most of these are simple button presses followed by watching a contraption move.  The best was an area where you could smell different plants’ odor and then try to guess which one it is.

Since the National Taiwan Museum is so cheap (only 20NT to enter) and has various exhibits at all time, visiting it every now and then is a great way to spend time.  Enjoy some pictures from the exhibit.

An alluring entrance.

An alluring entrance.

Hexagons are everywhere.

Hexagons are everywhere.

You can see like a bee in this part of the exhibit.  Bees can detect which parts of the flower have pollen.

You can see like a bee in this part of the exhibit. Bees can detect which parts of the flower have pollen.

Squeeze and smell!  Some of them are pleasant, some not...

Squeeze and smell! Some of them are pleasant, some not…

A section discussing "vampire plants" that feed off of other plants.

A section discussing “vampire plants” that feed off of other plants.

A rafflesia, also known as the corpse flower.  It is actually a parasite and uses its smell to trick bugs into pollinating it.

A rafflesia, also known as the corpse flower. It is actually a parasite and uses its smell to trick bugs into pollinating it.

A visual representation of how seeds travel.  Each area of the sphere focus on a different method (animals, wind, etc.).

A visual representation of how seeds travel. Each area of the sphere focus on a different method (animals, wind, etc.).

A closer look at some plant seeds.

A closer look at some plant seeds.

The exhibit has a very imaginative interior.

The exhibit has a very imaginative interior.

The Titan Arum.  Like the rafflesia, it also emits a foul fragrance.

The Titan Arum. Like the rafflesia, it also emits a foul fragrance.

The exhibit has many of these quirky flip books.

The exhibit has many of these quirky flip books.

 

Location

Take the MRT to Taipei Main Station, Exit Z4.  Alternatively, you can also access it from National Taiwan University Hospital Station Exit 4.  The exhibit runs until August 31st.

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Posted on March 26, 2014, in Exhibits, Museums, Taipei and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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