Corpse Flower Smell Attracts Thousands In Denver Botanic Gardens

Posted: Aug 24 2015, 7:10am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 24 2015, 7:13am CDT , in Latest Science News


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Corpse Flower Smell Attracts Thousands in Denver Botanic Gardens
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  • The Corpse Flower is an Interesting Freak of Botany that Draws Record Visitors

The corpse flower in Denver is an interesting freak of botany.

The corpse flower stands 5 feet tall. It is the main attraction in Denver, Colorado’s Botanic Gardens. A large number of people from all walks of life come to visit the place and see the flower.

The flower is slowly but surely rotting away. And it will take take more than a decade for it to begin to blossom again. This particular flower used a scent that is like that of a rotting corpse. And it was to attract flies and beetles to itself.

This plant was donated about 8 years ago to the Denver Botanic Gardens. Many people have come to see the flower. The plant has a three flower stage. First a lonely leaf emerges which withers with the passage of time.

A dormant tuber is left behind. Then an even bigger leaf sprouts. And a flower blooms with it. The blooming stage lasts barely 48 hours, according to The Denver Post. Meanwhile, it traps insects during this brief window of opportunity.

The petals begin to narrow down in order to catch the insects which have landed on it. It is ironic to say the least. But the time lapse during which the corpse flower actually lives is very small.

Over 22,000 visitors have entered and left the gates of the Denver Botanic Gardens, according to TND. They all want to catch a glimpse of the corpse flower before it dies off for good. The corpse flower is a local produce of Indonesia.

The smell of the flower is truly overpowering. It is almost like a dead animal has been left in the trash can out in the sunshine for days on end. The life cycle of the corpse flower is pretty weird. It is a curiosity of Nature. And its existence shows that the environment can select all sorts of mutations in plant species.

The corpse flower is the largest and rarest of plants to be found in Nature. It reeks of death. Dung beetles and flesh flies are the main pollinators which are attracted to the plant.

It has gained an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest flower in the world. The strange and bizarre journey the blooming of this flower takes is truly a tale told by an idiot. It was first found in Sumatra in the 1800s. The corpse flower is unique in that nothing like it has ever been seen on earth before.

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