Get Ready For The Foul Smell

Mar 14 2012 @ 2:40pm

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No, not the fall campaign yet, but a giant, rare Sumatran corpse-flower, about to bloom at Cornell:

The first person to discover a titan arum took seeds to plant at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the U.K. In 1889, when the plant bloomed, Queen Victoria was ruling, but she sent a court reporter to observe the bloom. The reporter had a simple message for the queen, Niklas said. "Ma'am, don't come. It stinks," the reporter wrote.

So that visitors can smell the bloom for themselves, Cornell is opening its greenhouse to visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. beginning today (March 13) until the bloom is complete.

The image is from the pollen area inside (UC Davis, California). Update from a reader:

As a Cornell alumnus, I couldn’t resist the chance to pass along this link to the corpse-flower live-cam.