Monday, May 9, 2016

Morticia, a Giant Corpse Flower, is set to bloom at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid in Galveston, Texas next week. Read on.
Get ready to feast your eyes and plug your nose because a rare Amorphophallus titanium, a.k.a. the Giant Corpse Flower, named Morticia is set to bloom at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid in Galveston, Texas. The flower came out of its dormancy in April and is expected to reach full bloom within the next week.
Known for it's unpleasant smell (it's been compared to rotting flesh) it emits during flowering, the plant is only found naturally in Sumatra, Indonesia and blooms infrequently. It's even more rare for it to bloom outside of its natural habitat. In fact, Morticia has only bloomed once before (in June 2012) and it's only the fifth Giant Corpse Flower bloom ever in Texas.
Not only does is it smelly, the corpse flower also has bragging rights as the largest flowering plant in the world—it can reach over 10 feet tall.
To mark the occasion, Moody Gardens will stay open longer to allow guests to experience the lovely sight and not so lovely smell. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a Corpse Flower bloom once," said Donnita Brannon, horticulture exhibit manager at Moody Gardens. "I'm over the moon to see it bloom twice."
If you can't make it to Texas, Moody Gardens has a live webcam of the flower so you can watch its every move.
Morticia, a Giant Corpse Flower, is set to bloom at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid in Galveston, Texas next week. Read on.

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