A stinky corpse flower, Amorphophallus titanum, bloomed at the Gardens York Street location on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. This plant, affectionately named Little Stinker, was smaller than Stinky, which bloomed around this time last year.
Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 - The bloom closed overnight.
A corpse flower’s first bloom occurs after 8-20 years of vegetative growth. Sometimes, it takes as long as 7-10 years for a second bloom. This is the second corpse flower bloom in the Gardens’ history. The plant is native to Sumatra and is in the arum family (Araceae), the same family shared by familiar plants like peace and calla lilies.
The flower emerges from a corm over the course of several weeks and at its pinnacle unfurls a large burgundy ruffled collar-like spathe that may be several feet wide. The spathe surrounds the tall spadix which contains both male and female flowers and measures over 5 feet in height. The flower emits a rather foul smell for about one day to attract its primary pollinator, the carrion beetle.