Corpse Flower Alert, Corpse Flower Alert!!! “The plant will release its odorous scent over the next 6-8 hours”

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Corpse Flower, Aug. 2nd courtesy U.S. Botanic Garden

From a media alert:

“The bloom of the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) has begun opening at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), in an unusual day blooming event. The plant will release its odorous scent over the next 6-8 hours, and the bloom typically stays open anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. The USBG will be open from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. tonight for visitors to experience the sight and and smell of this unique plant. The Garden will be open 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. tomorrow, as well. The U.S. Botanic Garden is open every day of the year, free of charge. [100 Maryland Ave, SW]

The U.S. Botanic Garden last displayed a corpse flower bloom in 2013. More than 130,000 people came to see the plant in person, and more than 650,000 viewers accessed the live webstream.”

A reader reports from the scene:

“It’s open and it’s a selfie bonanza!!”


Photo by PoPville flickr user hellomarkers!

8 Comment

  • Ashy Oldlady

    Ugh. When will the selfie epidemic end?

    • It’s been going on since the invention of cameras, except it used to be called the “hey, can you take a picture of me with the ___”.

      • By definition, that’s not a selfie.

        • Yeah, but how many of us have pictures with our friends where the person with the longest arms just held the camera as far away from the group as possible? I have some of these that date back over 20 years. And how many more of us remember dad setting the delay on the camera and then running back to the family for a picture (and the inevitable near misses that make for some hilarious photographic memories)? Those pictures go back even further (according to a quick Google, the first self-timer was advertised in 1901). It’s not really new, just different.

  • Kind of a waste if you don’t catch the stink, no?

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