What’s Not Quite Blooming: Boston’s Giant Corpse Flower

It’s big, it’s stinky, and it’s about to burst into bloom. The Franklin Park Zoo is waiting for an Amorphophallus titanum—a.k.a. corpse flower or titan arum—to flower in its greenhouse.

Titan Arum, U.S. Botanic Garden

Titan Arum, U.S. Botanic Garden

It will blossom for just a day or so once it deigns to unfurl its enormous, reeking petals; these fetid inflorescences can stretch up to six feet tall. The Twitter hashtag for spotting the imminent Franklin Park Zoo emergence is #Morticiawatch. Continue reading