A plant whose bloom is as rare as its scent of rotting meatbloomed Saturday at in Sarasota, Fla.
"Seymour," the so-called "corpse plant,'' last bloomed in 2005.
It is rare to see this plant in the U.S. A native of Sumatra, Indonesia, the corpse plant is listed on the World Conservation Union’s Red List of Threatened Species.
Amorphophallus titanum, also referred to as titan arum (its common name), “stinky plant” or “corpse plant,” is known as one of the largest flowers in the world and has not bloomed in the Gardens since 2005.
The full bloom lasts less than a day, before collapsing under its own weight. The last time a corpse plant bloomed at Selby Gardens, it reached a height of nearly five feet.
The corpse plant has the world’s largest unbranched flower cluster (inflorescence) and contains arguably the most noxious smell. Like many fly- and beetle-pollinated plants, the flower emits an odor during the first few hours of opening that is reminiscent of putrid meat.
As with other plants in its family, such as calla lily, the corpse bloom consists of a fragrant spadix of flowers wrapped by a spathe resembling a single large petal. The spadix is topped with a large, creamy-white appendage, giving the plant its towering height.