The Denver Botanical Gardens corpse flower

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The Denver botanical gardens has the most rancid flower in the world, it’s the Corpse flower from the jungles of Sumatra! It smells like rotting flesh so it is able to attract the carrion beetle, the corpse flower’s number one pollinator. Also the color of the petals are red to resemble road kill. When the corpse flower sprouts from a seed, it grows into a tall slender, green, and white polka- dotted plant that looks like a tree. After several cycles of sprouting leaves the corpse flower then forms into a bulb where the flower will bloom.

The Denver botanical gardens has two corpse flowers that were donated from a man in Colorado. They are not sure how he came to get them. Only one has bloomed and it was over five feet tall and next time it blooms it is expected to grow taller. A corpse flower only blooms for up to 48 hours. On the first bloom, it takes eight to twenty years for vegetative growth. In the second bloom, it could take seven to ten years.

Once the corpse flower has bloomed it starts to wilt then will fall over dramatically, but the bulb remains in the soil and stays dormant for a few months. After the time has passed the corpse flower grows in to another “tree” and the process starts all over again.

Both of the corpse flowers look very well nurtured. When the plant is in bloom they will not water it, because water rot the roots. Any other time it is treated like and average house plant.

The botanical gardens is giving the corpse flower’s seeds to Chicago’s botanical gardens and use it for their corpse flower which has bloomed. The botanical gardens plan to keep the corpse flower as long as it lives.