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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Corpse Plant Blooms!

Hurry to the U.S. Botanical gardens in DC this week! You can get a rare glimpse of a Amorphophallus titanum plant, nicknamed the Corpse Plant. This plant comes from Sumatra and this is the first time this one has bloomed in its 14 year life. Normally they only bloom once every five years, but this one has bloomed even less, so it is a rare event.

The Corpse Plant is named such because of the rank odor it emits. It smells like rancid meat. This attracts carrion beetles and other pollinators to it's massive bloom. It can grow up to twelve feet tall and it is the largest flower that doesn't grown on a tree. For the rest of the article, click here.


At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Gravy Beard said...

I used to have a plant called the Century plant; it blooms once every 100 years or so. I got to see it bloom one time, but it died last century.


At 10:22 AM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

That is cool that you got to see it GB. At first I was thinking when you said last century that I was going to have to scold you as you couldn't be that old, but then I realized last century was just a few years ago and I was born in the last century...aggh!!!!!

At 1:49 AM, Blogger thebluestbutterfly said...

I have seen one at another botanical center. I am fortunate not to have smelled one.

At 8:07 AM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

BluesButterfly, Was it as lovely in person as it seems to be in the photos? How did you manage to miss the smell?


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