Everyone loves a good corpse flower blossom. These giant plants mostly remain dormant and only sprout flowers once every four to five years.
The Sumatran titan arum’s species name – Amorphophallus titanum – means “giant misshapen penis”. Guess what its flower looks like? At full growth, the flower stands 3 meters high, pulses with heat, and smells like rotting meat. The heat and stench attracts flies and beetles, which pollinate the plant. The whole show…
Earlier this month, a titan arum (a.k.a. "corpse flower," a.k.a. amorphophallus titanum, a.k.a. "large, misshapen penis") bloomed for the first time in over half a decade at the U.S. Botanical Garden in Washington D.C. In this quick video from BytesizeScience, the USBG's public science educator Todd Brethauer…
For the first time since 2007, a titan arum has bloomed at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. Also known as a "corpse flower" for the smell of rotting flesh that it emits, the massive blossom is expected to reach "peak smell" early this morning. Hooray for peak smell!(?)
It's not as cute as a snow-leopard, but this corpse flower has a webcam! Here's your chance to watch one bloom in real-time.
The amorphophallus titanum has perhaps the least charming nickname of any flower: it's known as the corpse flower because it smells like rotting flesh. And yet its latest bloom this weekend is expected to bring over 10,000 eager admirers.