Fall 2010

On Henry Mall

The Big Stink

Native to Sumatra, the towering Titan Arum plant rarely flowers indoors, but when it does, it draws a crowd.  That was the case this fall, when 2,000 people visited CALS’ D.C. Smith Greenhouse to witness the rare event.  In mature bloom, the plant sends up a cone of tiny flowers that can reach 10 feet.  But its fame comes from its distinctive foul odor – a stench similar to rotting flesh that earns it the nickname “corpse flower.”  The four-foot-tall bloom was the first for the CALS plant, which was parented by Big Bucky, a Titan Arum that bloomed in the UW Botany Greenhouse in 2001.

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