Risen from the dead…

Sometime around June 5th, not zombies but the ginormous and smelly Amorphophallus titanum or Corpse Flower will bloom at the Huntington Botanical Gardens.  When this plant, indigenous to Sumatra bloomed last year it attracted huge crowds despite and because of the odor of rotting flesh.  This year the bloom is smaller than last, yet it’s still close to three feet tall.  Seems plenty big to me, no need to be a size queen.  The Corpse Flower emits its distinct odor in order to attract carrion (fancy word for decomposing flesh) eating insects which in turn pollinate the bloom.  Birds later eat the seeds which are then spread, so on and so forth.  It would be amazing to see this live and in person but school’s not out until June 11th.


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