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by Prince Of Petworth August 21, 2017 at 9:30 am 0


courtesy UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN

While we’re waiting for the moon to blot out the sun.

Update on “For the first time in the history of the U.S. Botanic Garden, three corpse flowers are about to bloom”

“The corpse flower, also called “the stinky plant,” is famous for its large size, pungent odor, and unpredictable bloom schedule. The bloom is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world – reaching up to 12 feet tall in the wild. An inflorescence is a cluster of multiple flowers that in the case of Amorphophallus species looks like a single flower. The corpse flower has hundreds of flowers located at the base of the spadix (the large vertical center) inside the famous purple-maroon spathe (the part that looks similar to “petals”).

The corpse flower gets its name from the putrid scent it emits while in bloom to attract pollinators such as carrion beetles and flies. Some describe the scent as a combination of garlic, fish, diapers, and rotting meat.”


courtesy UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN

by Prince Of Petworth August 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0


“Peak bloom 2013 from above – corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) at U.S. Botanic Garden”

From the U.S. Botanic Garden:

“For the first time in the history of the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), three corpse flowers (Amorphophallus titanum) are about to bloom at the USBG Conservatory. The plants went on display Tuesday, August 8. One of the plants is the first corpse flower to bloom that the USBG staff has grown from seed. The Garden currently estimates peak bloom might happen between August 17th and 22nd. Once fully open, each bloom usually remains open for 24 to 48 hours and then quickly collapses. You can track the blooms’ progress via live video at http://www.USBG.gov/CorpseFlower. This appears to be the first time that a garden in North America has three corpse flowers blooming at the same time.

The corpse flower, also called “the stinky plant,” is famous for its large size, pungent odor, and unpredictable bloom schedule. The bloom is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world – reaching up to 12 feet tall in the wild. An inflorescence is a cluster of multiple flowers that in the case of Amorphophallus species looks like a single flower. The corpse flower has hundreds of flowers located at the base of the spadix (the large vertical center) inside the famous purple-maroon spathe (the part that looks similar to “petals”).

The corpse flower gets its name from the putrid scent it emits while in bloom to attract pollinators such as carrion beetles and flies. Some describe the scent as a combination of garlic, fish, diapers, and rotting meat. (more…)

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