The Cockrell Butterfly Center is pleased to present, for your viewing and olfactory pleasure: a celebrity among the plant community, the Amorphophallus titanum.
Amorphophallus titanum, more politely referred to as titan arum or the corpse flower, has gained its celebrity status by having one of the largest, rarest, and smelliest flowers in the world. These flowers can reach heights of 7-10 ft and a diameter of 5-6 ft.
And for the next week or so, you can see this incredibly rare and odorous flower for yourself! We anticipate that the flower will be in full bloom over the weekend of July 9 - 11, 2010. In the meantime, you can follow the plant's extraordinary growth (50 inches and counting!) on the HMNS blog.
More info on the blog:
See updated photos on Flickr: