You'd think it was the only one in the world

love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)July 16, 2013

A corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanumin) at the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory in Washington, D.C. is expected to bloom sometime this week. This is a top story at CNN, LOL! The Conservatory is open for extended hours today and tomorrow!

The Conservatory is posting daily progress photos on their home page:

And you can watch it open on live stream!

Here is a link that might be useful: CNN: Corpse flower set to come alive

This post was edited by love_the_yard on Tue, Jul 16, 13 at 23:28

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Although titanums are becoming a bit more available, seeing them actually flower is still pretty rare. It's not unusual for botanic gardens to put them on display and set up internet video links. This helps raise the public profile of the gardens and probably makes it easier for them to attract funding.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 12:10AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Oh I know. I realize all that. But it's still just so funny!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 12:45AM
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Not if you were locked in the same room as it, LOL.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 3:49AM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Wife and i went down to see the one at Fairchild and she couldn't get within 10 feet without starting to wretch !!lol Was truly incredible, though but you'd better have botanists for neighborslol Think that's a plant for Bo gardens not landscapes?? lol gary

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 4:57AM
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well somthing to look forward to if mine ever flowers

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 8:15AM
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thank goodness my neighbours love me..LOL
all my konjac flower inside ( around march) if i do get some of my titanums to flower..maybe 3 yrs away..i dont know if it
will be inside..or outside.. they truely grow at there own drummers sound.. ive given up on trying to "figure out timing on vegetative growth" :)
hopefully next yr..i will get out to new hampshire and take in
winnipesankee greenhouse with all those monster titanums
i think they have several in bloom during various times..
i'll have to time it when some of the MONSTERS are in bloom.. :)
just love these plants !!!!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 10:07PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

Aroid leaves>aroid flowers in my book, with few exceptions!

I'm sure a Titan in bloom is truly a sight to behold, but amorph leaves and petioles... So much more interesting to me

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 3:47AM
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im finding more and more a deeper appreciation and
enjoyment of growing these wonderful plants ...
from every stage of there life cycle.. whether a "tropical"
amorph..or just the easy to grow konjac..
the various colours,and patterns of the petioles,speed of
growth of the petiole after comming out of dormancy,unravelling of the leaves,the surprise of a successful growing season at seeing how much size a corm put on,the flowering..
these plants are amazing !!!!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 9:42AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Today's the day, folks!!! It's open! See link below.

(You should see the crowd on the live webcam!)

Here is a link that might be useful: Return of the Titan

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 2:08PM
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I didn't notice any reference to the size/weight of the tuber, nor the size of the container it's growing in. I've read previously that the smallest known flowering tuber was 9 kg. Even that's a pretty big 'potato'.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 11:04PM
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