Como Zoo Livestreams the Blooming of a Corpse Flower

The endangered Amorphophallus titanum plant at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at the Como Zoo will soon be blooming… for the first time in 18 years. And to give you a chance to see the climactic event, the zoo has set up a live cam for online viewers to see the plant, which is better known as a Corpse Flower because of the dead body-like smell it emits during its short peak bloom.

The Corpse Flower is set to bloom sometime between June 26th and July 4th, but unfortunately–or fortunately as it were–the smell won’t be conveyed over the web. If you’d like to see the Corpse Flower live before then, it’s display at the conservatory is currently open to the public.

4 thoughts on “Como Zoo Livestreams the Blooming of a Corpse Flower

  1. Kristen

    Is this a different one than the Corpse Flower that bloomed there about two years ago? I went to see that one and it looked just like this. Either it’s another one or this is a recycled story!

  2. _taylor_ Post author

    Hi Kristen, this is actually a different, smaller corn from the same plant that you saw. Here’s more info from the press release from the conservatory:

    The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory obtained this plant through Gustavus Adolphus College’s Chemistry Professor Dr. Brian O’Brien from Dr. James Symon.  Dr. Symon collected the seed in Sumatra in 1993 while working with David Attenborough on filming the BBC nature documentary ‘ The Private Life of Plants’.  Gustavus had a second bloom last summer, from a corm that weighed about 150 pounds. Como’s corm weighs in at 55 pounds.

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