Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What is that Smell?

A few weeks ago I had the priveledge of witnessing first hand, the blooming of the corpse flower at Marie Selby Botanical Garden, also known as Titan Arum.  It is a massive flower about 3.5 feet tall and stinks to high heaven, hence the name.  It is only pollinated by flies and beetles so it needs to stink to high heaven to attract the insects to it that will pollenate it.  This particular plant had not bloomed since 2007 and the bloom is only open for a mere 18-24 hours and then it's all over.  It was a sight to behold!

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