Smelly Botanical Bloom

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Corpse Flower at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.

Two unique flower bulbs were donated to the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in January. One has bloomed and is on display in the Conservatory’s lobby. The second flower, located in the tropical room is in the process of blooming. These unusual flowers reach up to six feet in height and smell like rotting flesh for a day or two when the blooms open, which is why they are often referred to as a Corpse Flower.

The flower is pollinated by flies, so when it blooms it smells like rotting meat to attract flies.  The flowers will last for a couple of weeks, although the odor does not.

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