Giant 'corpse plant' draws crowds in Southern California

[Nov 6, 2021: The Brighter Side of News]


People get a look at the rare Amorphophallus titanum, better known as the corpse plant, at the San Diego Botanic Gardens in Encinitas, California. (Credit: Jarrod Valliere/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

The bloom of a giant and stinky Sumatran flower nicknamed the "corpse plant" because it smells like a dead body is drawing huge crowds to a Southern California botanical garden.


The bloom of the Amorphophallus titanum plant began Sunday afternoon at the San Diego Botanic Gardens in Encinitas. By Monday morning, timed-entry tickets had sold out, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.


More than 5,000 people were expected to visit the garden by Tuesday evening.


 

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The bloom of the "corpse plant" lasts just 48 hours and during its peak it emits a putrid odor of rotting flesh to attract carrion beetles and flesh flies that help its pollination process.


The bloom of a giant stinky Sumatran flower has drawn crowds to a Southern California garden. (Credit: Jarrod Valliere/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

 
 

The blooming flower's "rotting corpse smell that was so thick and heavy you could cut it with a knife," said John Connors, horticulture manager for the San Diego Botanic Gardens.




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