'Corpse plant' in full bloom at Selby

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Botany staff at Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota got smelly surprise Friday when one of their two rare  Corpse Plants bloomed earlier than anticipated.

"Seymour" has been vexing the greenhouse and botany staff at Selby Gardens for more than a week, and just when they thought that the plant would bloom no earlier than Sunday, it decided that Friday was the day to make an appearance.

The enormous deep red bloom with a spadix that stands taller than 6 feet should last through the weekend.  But bring your nose plugs.

The Tropical Conservatory will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday for your viewing and smelling pleasure.

Seymour's kid sister Audrey is continuing to grow and is expected to open within days of her big brother, but it is too early to estimate or predict when she might open.

Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan Arum, hails from Sumatra, Indonesia. It also has been dubbed the “Corpse Plant” due its mimicry of an insect-attracting odor reminiscent of putrid, rotting flesh.


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