The Corpse Flower

August 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Corpse FlowerThe Corpse FlowerThe corpse flower (amorphophallus titanum) is an enormous and rare flower. It gets its name from the putrid stench it emits. A corpse flower blooms no more frequently than once every 3 years and can sometimes go decades between blooms. Once in bloom, a corpse flower may remain in bloom for only 24 to 48 hours and then it quickly collapses. This particular corpse flower at the United States Botanic Garden is 7 feet and 4 inches tall.

This week, a corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) bloomed at the United States Botanic Garden. It's an enormous and rare flower that gets its name from the stench it emits. The flower that bloomed at the Botanic Garden this week was 7' 4"! It was also six years old this week when it bloomed for the first time. Some corpse flowers go decades between blooms and the blooms typically only last for 24–48 hours. I felt very fortunate to shoot this corpse flower. I had never seen a flower nearly so large. It was quite a sight to behold.


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