Corpse Flower smelliest largest flower head

The Corpse flower will bloom soon

Officials at the Milwaukee Public Museum expect the so-called “corpse flower” to bloom this week.

The museum’s curator of botany, Neil Luebke, says chances are good the titan arum will bloom Monday afternoon, close early Tuesday, open again that afternoon and then close for good sometime Wednesday Noivember 5.

The flower is known for its odor of rotting flesh. It comes in waves and attracts carrion beetles and sweat bees in its native rain forests of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

The titan arum is technically the world’s largest unbranched cluster of flowers.

The museum obtained the plant in 2002 from a seed produced by University of Wisconsin-Madison’s flower. It takes six or more years to flower and this will be its first flowering.

‘Corpse flower’ to bloom soon at Milwaukee museum AP Nov. 3, 2008


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