Tropical ‘corpse flower’, or Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum) to bloom soon

 

(The picture above is not meat.  It is a lemon.  I chose not to completely gross you out by having a picture of a corpse or rotting meat begin the first thing you saw on this post.  Rotting fruit is icky enough.)

 

Just when you think you have heard the most unusual plant name ….

I wish I had a picture to show you.  This is the best I could do; a link to images from other sites.  It isn’t exactly a small delecate flower.

Very interesting tropical plant that only blooms for a few hours.  Like many plants, or animals for that matter, those in cultivation or captivity do not always act the same way as those in the wild.  Apparently, the ones which grow in the wild don’t bloom often.  Those in cultivation do so even less frequently.

So, where is this happening? At a greenhouse in the Midwest of course.  Go here to see their web page: http://castle.eiu.edu/egarden/news/titan_arum_2012.php

This is something I would go to see if I lived closer.  As it is, I’m glad to just have gotten to the store this morning for some groceries.  Also, they are not exactly sure when it is going to bloom.  They have changed the date 3 times already.

So, for those of you, like me, who do not wish to drive the distance on the chance that it will be blooming, check out the website of the greenhouse.  They have a link to a live camera of the plant.  Obviously the smell won’t be there, but you can see it.  If you really want the effect, you might be able to make some rotting meat yourself.  Personally, I’m not going to go that far.