"Bob,too" and its lovely meat-colored flower: Corpse flower at Como Conservatory in St. Paul, MN. Once it blooms, the end is near.
"Bob,too" and its lovely meat-colored flower: Corpse flower at Como Conservatory in St. Paul, MN. Once it blooms, the end is near.Courtesy Mark Ryan
Well, at least the one at the Como Conservatory in St. Paul is in bloom. I've been watching it all week and it finally blossomed yesterday. If you missed it, you can watch this time-lapse replay. The corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is native to the rainforests of Sumatra, and is a goofy-looking plant somewhat reminiscent of "Audrey 2" in the movie-musical-movie Little Shop of Horrors. It's big. The one at Como (their second) is over six-feet tall and is named "Bob,too". Corpse flowers, when they bloom, give off a delightful "aroma" that smells like rotting flesh. It does this to attract pollinating beetles and flies. I went over yesterday to see it for myself, and the smell wasn't too objectionable. Unfortunately, the days for "Bob,too" are numbered as the plant usually dies soon after it blossoms.

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Thor's picture
Thor says:

How does a Corpse Flower compare in smell to a chicken mummy?

posted on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 12:57pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

There's no comparison. The chicken mummy's odor was much more foul (or should I say fowl?).

posted on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 1:07pm

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