Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My World Tuesday - The Corpse Flower

Thanks to Ebie over at The Main Ingredient I found out at the Huntingon Library Museum & Botanical Gardens had the Corpse Flower and that it was in bloom so I took the day went to see it. You can also see her blog about it if you Click here.


The Amorphorphallus Titanum (Corpse Flower) grows in the Conservatory at the Huntington Library (pictured above). I wasn't surprised by the number of people in attendance and that I had to wait in line.


It was like being in line for a ride at Disneyland as the line twisted and turned to accommodate the number of people and it moved VERY slowly. I was surprised at my patience.


I had to throw in the photo below because as you're standing in line mist is periodically released in the massive greenhouse and thought it's enough to make you worry about your hair-do it's still pretty cool.


And then finally I got to see the Corpse Flower standing there among the other lush greenery. It was probably about 5-1/2 feet tall and... I didn't smell a thing. I've got to say I was a little disappointed. I was all prepared to turn up my nose and just deal with the "aroma".


I think I was let down by it not having an aroma but I think the shots came out great and I left the conservatory and visited the rest of the botanical gardens, some of which I've already posted. My Waddle Waddle Quack Quack post is from the same day's photos.

You can Click Here to read more information about this flower at the Huntington Library's website.



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18 comments:

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

This is most unusual TB. I have never seen something like this before. You can tank your lucky stars it was not putting out its aroma but then, maybe you would not have had to have stood in line to see it. :)

Louise said...

I can't imagine standing in line to see a flower, but it is quite an interesting one.

luna miranda said...

what a strange-looking flower! i've never seen anything like it before, but i'd probably stand in line to see this flower. interesting indeed!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

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ewok1993 said...

Hah, standing in line to see a flower is something. You must be a hardcore to do that. But you know I think I would have done that too, and I'm no hard core.

Snap said...

Oh, WOW! From the photos, it looks like standing in line was worth it! I have heard that these flowers really smell atrocious. You were lucky!

Dagrun said...

What an enourmous flower! And what a great way to spend the day instead of in front a computer in an office...

Erin said...

you were lucky to see it in bloom.
it is truly amazing.
i have seen it there years ago.
have a wonderful day.

fishing guy said...

T: What a neat capture of the large bloom.

J Bar said...

Very interesting.
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Bryan said...

Yeah, I've heard that this flower has an odor befitting its name. I'm not sure whether it's too bad you didn't get to smell it or to congratulate you for not smelling it.

Ebie said...

Hi, Ms Saxy, thanks for the credit. You are lucky to see it bloom. Great photos. We came on Friday and it closed already. So, see it bloom again in the next 3 years or so? Hehe!

Ebie said...

Oh, we came after work at around 5 and there was no line, but of course, it was already dying...hehehe!

Carletta said...

They are massive aren't they.
I too was disappointed about the smell or lack thereof when I was fortunate to see one a few years ago.
You did get some great shots of it!

BNS said...

The shots really did come out great. Looks like it was worth the wait.

Judy said...

Wow!! I have heard of these flowers, but I never would have thought it looked like that, or that people would stand in line to see it!!! You really are patient!

diane said...

What a fascinating plant

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This Flower is amazing I've never seen something like that it is too big I would like to be there.