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Corpses in Minnesota

The content of this post is mostly ripped off from wickedgroovy:

The big news in the Mankato area is the celebrity plant at Gustavus Adolphus College just north of here where her hubby works. There is a gigantor plant called the Titan Arum - the Corpse Flower.

"The Corpse Flower is a rare flowering plant that is only found naturally in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. The plant at Gustavus is believed to be the first of its kind to bloom in the state of Minnesota. With the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, the Corpse Flower's name comes from the repulsive scent it omits during the hours after it blooms. The plant's cluster of flowers can grow to almost 10 feet tall, although the plant at Gustavus is expected to bloom slightly smaller."

Commonly called the Corpse Flower...because of the scent the giant flower puts out. Yummy! It is a big celebrity on campus right now. The Gustavus plant is named Perry.
There is a web cam:
http://www.gustavus.edu/academics/bio/titanarum/


Read about it on Wikipedia

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scubagrrl
May. 10th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
Cool! I'll have to log on during the day when I can see something.
boliviafang
May. 10th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
I have to admit, that is Wicked Groovy.

I took botany in college (hey, science got me out of math) and we studied a plant called, I think, the carrion flower. It's a small weed that grows on the UofM St. Paul campus. And it really did stink.

Anyway. Nothing like Perry. Is this one of those plants that blooms once after fifty years and then dies?
genevra
May. 10th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
I'm rather fond of its latin name: Amorphophallus titanum (from Ancient Greek amorphos, "without form, misshapen" + phallos, "penis", and titan, "giant") Giant Misshapen Penis plant!
scubagrrl
May. 10th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
I thought that was pretty funny, too!
wickedgroovy
May. 10th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
I love the icon you put up for this! braaaaains!
hehe...I'm looking forward to seeing this monster plant this weekend. Hope it is stinky! :)
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