Rare Corpse Flower Blooms At U Of M

Posted: Feb 1 2016, 5:51am CST | by , Updated: Feb 1 2016, 9:01pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

Rare Corpse Flower Blooms at U of M
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  • Aussie Corpse Flower to go into Full Bloom at Botanical Gardens

The Aussie corpse flower that gives off a malodorous stink is to go into full bloom at the botanical gardens in Adelaide. Crowds are gathering to look at the rare sight.

Adelaide’s botanical gardens are about to have their giant sample of the corpse flower enter into its revelatory phase. This huge smelly plant has been named Ganteng (which means handsome in Indonesian).

The flower is a local plant of Sumatra and recently started giving off an odor that reminded one of a dead animal that has been left in the heat for too long.

The place where the flower is existant will remain open till late into the night. Over 5000 people visited this site to gain a decent view of this strange plant which gives off the smell of rotting carrion.

At a height of two meters, the flower has been on a growth rampage for eight weeks. Once the plant begins to unfold it will give off more of the smell which is redolent of disgusting vermin.

The smell reminds one of ammonia and decomposing fish. The plant sends forth spurts of the disliked odor every couple of seconds.

The smell is basically a ploy by the plant to attract insects that then help in the fine art of cross pollination. Three seeds of the plant were sent to the gardens about a decade ago and they were tended to very carefully by the staff.

Kept in a greenhouse, the plant seemed to burgeon and bloom very fast. Soon it reached its current size which is large by any standard.

Another corpse flower is to bloom at the University of Minnesota. This happening will occur for the first time in seven years time. The obnoxious plant can even reach a height of six feet.

This weird plant has attracted thousands who gather to look at it in wonderment. And they are also repulsed by its rotting smell but they can’t help coming back to look at it again and again. The hotter the season becomes, the more stinkier the plant gets.

The Titan Arum gives off this smell in order to attract the sweat bee. This bee can detect the whiff of this plant from miles away. In the capacity of a plant, this species resembles a palm tree and consists of a single leaf. In its final stages of rotten frenzy, the leaf peels off and the plant dies.

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