A Smelly Affair: Corpse Flower Blossoms!


Edmonton’s Muttart Conservatory boasts of a healthy, smelly corpse flower in residence. Nicknamed “Putrella”, the corpse flower has unexpectedly bloomed before her time! And what a stench she is to smell!

 

"Putrella" the Corpse Flower

“Putrella” the Corpse Flower

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The Corpse Flower, or Amorphophallus titanium, is known for its distinct, rotting flesh smell. “Putrella” has bloomed earlier than expected and is ahead of its usual timeline!

 

"Putrella" The Corpse Flower

“Putrella” The Corpse Flower

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” We do believe our Corpse Flower will be smaller than the last bloom as it has not gone through multiple leafing phases where it stores energy for several years before blooming, but with our tropical pyramid temperatures, and plenty of sunlight in our northern climate, we’ve clearly made “Putrella” happy enough to bloom rather than leaf. ”

– Muttart Convervatory

 

The life cycle of a corpse flower is quite intricate and interesting. “Putrella” is a new blossom off of the same root base that the previous flower blossomed from in 2013. The next stage after the blossom dies is for a leafy, tree life structure to grow. In this stage, the plant gathers energy for the following blossom stage.

 

The Life Cycle of a Corpse Flower

The Life Cycle of a Corpse Flower

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The bloom is expected to last only a couple of days, so hurry and visit today!

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