Photo via Architect of the Capitol

A Stinky, But Rare Botanical Event Is Blooming At OSU

A rare botanical event is taking place at the Ohio State University right now.

The Titan Arum, also known as a Corpse Flower, is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. An inflorescence is a floral structure composed of a multitude smaller individual flowers. It’s also my new word of the day.

The bloom of the Corpse Flower is typically between 6 and 8 feet tall and it smells a lot uglier than it looks. The plant emits a foul odor of rotting flesh, hence the name.The Biological Sciences Greenhouse at Ohio State is currently expecting two of the odorous flowers to bloom in the next couple of days.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see the flower bloom in person. According to their website, the Biological Sciences Greenhouse will be closed until Autumn Semester 2018. But don’t think that means you can’t get in on the action. You can view the live stream of the Corpse Flowers here.

If we’re all being honest, it’s really the ideal way to view this rare occurrence. All of the beauty, but none of the smell.

Typically, the Titan Arum takes 7-10 years to bloom for the first time. The plant is native to the Sumatra region of Indonesia and OSU planted its first seed in 2001. This is the first documented Titan Arum grown from seed to bloom in here in Ohio.

Featured image via Architect of the Capitol.

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