Sunday 20 August 2017

This plant is known as a 'corpse flower' because it smells of rotting flesh

By Alistair Mason

And it’s been stinking out a conservatory in Canada.

Just as a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, a corpse flower would stink the house out whatever you call it.

Amorphophallus titanum got its colloquial name from the fact it smells like rotting flesh, but that didn’t stop people turning out in droves when one bloomed in Canada.

Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton has nicknamed its specimen Putrella, and she bloomed the first time since 2013 over the weekend.

Programme manager Alex Hamilton told globalnews.ca: “It was really exciting to know it was blooming. The real challenge with a corpse flower bloom is it’s a little like a baby being born – we know it’s coming, we just don’t know when.”

Muttart Conservatory

Hey all! Still plenty of time to come check out Putrella today! We’re open until 11 pm tonight, so make sure you stop on by! Right now the lines are short too, so it’s a great chance to sneak in…

The conservatory stayed open for longer to give people the chance to witness the rare occurrence – the flower only blooms for around 48 hours once every two years.

Putrella measures a little over six feet tall, but Amorphophallus titanum can grow to double that height. The flower is native to Indonesia.

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