The Legendary ‘Corpse Flower’ Is About To Bloom in Charlotte

The legendary ‘Corpse Flower’ or titan arum, the most important unstemmed inflorescence flower on the earth, is about to totally bloom in Charlotte.

The titan arum usually requires between 7–10 years of development earlier than it should bloom for the primary time, and the large bloom solely often lasts 12-24 hours earlier than wilting.

Right here’s a time-lapse video of the majestic flower’s improvement and bloom;

The plant is native of the jungles of Sumatra, the place it might produce huge flower buildings in extra of 10 toes in peak. When cultivated, the buildings usually vary between 5-8 toes tall.

The plant is nicknamed the ‘corpse flower’ due to it’s extraordinarily sturdy and intensely disagreeable scent. The chemical compounds launched by the spadix embrace dimethyl trisulfide (limburger cheese), trimethylamine (rotting fish), isovaleric acid (sweaty socks), benzyl alcohol (candy floral scent), phenol (like Chloraseptic), and indole (like human feces). The plant makes use of all of those foul scents to draw bugs and beetles to assist it pollinate.