Amorphous titanium, the “corpse flower”, is unusual for a few reasons. It may live up to 40-60 years but will only flower a handful of times. That is about to happen at CSU Sacramento where the plant is on display in the Biology Department. Why a “corpse flower”? Its blooms produce volatile compounds that smell like rotting flesh and help it attract pollinators.
I can’t speak to that but hope to find out for myself soon. I’ve seen a member of the Arum family before at a botanical garden in Java but the “treat” of experiencing it in bloom escaped me. If you can’t wait or don’t want to get too close you can check out this live stream.
For me, it’s fair to say that I’ll hold my breath for a more direct experience!
The corpse plant was still being coy yesterday
Word has gotten out widely
Life cycle for Titan arum, aka the “corpse flower”.