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Picture Of Corpse Flower At Houston Science Museum

Here we have a picture I took on the afternoon of July 14 of the so-called corpse flower that is at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

(Update–You can go to the museum blog I link to below for the latest report. They have a twitter feed on the side of the blog as well that has some information.)

The police officer is there in case the flower starts to attack people.

You can access a webcam of the flower from the museum web page.

The corpse flower will smell like rotten flesh when it blooms.

The Houston Chronicle ran a story of this flower.

From the Chronicle story–

“The corpse flower is so rare that only 28 have ever been known to bloom in the United States. The 29th is poised to open any day now at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The lime-green bud, which resembles an oversized endive, was nearing 5 feet tall on Wednesday in the museum’s Cockrell Butterfly Center and has been growing about 4 inches a day. Cockrell director Nancy Greig says it could open Friday or by early next week. Once open, the corpse flower will last about two days…As its common name warns, the corpse flower is a smelly thing, with the withering stench of rotting flesh. As the spathe begins to unfurl, the spadix becomes a gas chamber, heating its natural oil and emitting noxious fumes for eight to 12 hours to attract pollinating carrion beetles.”

Here is the Houston Science Museum blog about the plant.

Here is a photo essay on the flower from the Houston Chronicle. It has all the pictures you need of this flower.

Here are some basic facts about flowers.

I know this plant has a freak show value, and I’ve got nothing against a freak show, but wanting to see this corpse plant could also be a good time to learn the basics about all types of flowers.

All knowledge is connected.

Below is what the flower will look like after it blooms.

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  1. OK, I’m rooting for it to bloom next week, so I can come see it. If it blooms earlier than that, I won’t be able to make it in time. I find this so fascinating!

    Comment by Sarah V. | July 15, 2010

  2. Sarah–It is overdue already. So it might bloom before you could make it.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 15, 2010

  3. I may never be able to look at an endive in the same way again. Just went on the museum’s site – 2 p.m. EDT – nothing seems to have happened yet.

    Comment by newton | July 15, 2010

  4. I would love to seet his and only live 4 hours away!

    Comment by Christie | July 20, 2010

  5. I live in South Africa and wish to see the corpse flower in
    bloom.What is the colour of the flower and how long does it
    remain open? After it has blossomed could it form another flower soon or only approximately annually?
    Many thanks,
    Helen du Toit.
    R.S.A. The Country of Nelson Mandela.

    Comment by Helen | July 23, 2010

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