Amorphophallus, the name derives from the Ancient Greek word amorphos, "without form, misshapen" + phallos, "penis", this description is referring to the shape of the prominent spadix. Amorphophallus is a large genus of around 200 tropical and subtropical tuberous, herbaceous plants within the Aroid family (Araceae), native to Asia, Australia and Africa and other oceanic islands. 

Plants within this family are given names such as Voodoo Lilly, Devils Tongue, Corpse flower and Snake Lilly due to their often pungent smell described as "death" and their seasonal dormancy that makes them appear to "resurrect from the dead".