There are just a couple days left until Kansas’ very first blooming of the rare, foul-smelling corpse flower. It is so unique that one college in the state has set up a 24 hour webcam for anyone who wants to view the big event. Max Thompson, who works as a biology professor at Southwestern College in Windfield, Kansas, stated that other corpse flowers, officially known as Amorphophallus titanum , bloomed in 2013 in Nebraska, and Oklahoma a few years before that.
However it is believed that so far, this is the very first bloom that the professor is familiar with anywhere in Kansas. People congregate at the corpse flower because it is rare and massive in size and because they seem to be drawn in like flies to the odor it gives off which is the smell of rotting meat.
The flower causes such morbid fascination that the webcam has been getting record hits. Any readers of this article are welcome to visit it as well. The link is listed at the bottom of this story. It is on occasion that one might read about such strange plants in the news, hearing about them coming to bloom in agricultural venues and drawing the masses from all around. Professor Thompson laughed, as he explained children absolutely loved the corpse plants for some unknown reason.
The flower, which is like a giant lily opening around a center spadix, lasts only 24 hours. Thompson thinks the Southwestern flower to blossom sometime around the middle of next week. Anyone that is interested can also receive reports on the corpse flower’s progress by ringing up the college greenhouse at 620-229-6285. When the plant finally does bloom, the greenhouse will open up for people who desire to both see and smell the flower in person.
Thompson first got the plant about a decade ago when he received a 2 inch bulb of the corpse flower from Florida even though the flower is native to the country of Indonesia. While its bloom might be rare, and it is never for sure when it will occur, Kansas’ corpse flower is not close to setting any size records. The last time it had to be repotted, it reported weighed around 20 pounds yet the world record corpse flower is located in Germany. It weighs a whopping 260 pounds.
The professor explained that his corpse flower had grown around two feet in the last couple of years, until last week when it gave up what was first believed to be just one more leaf. However after he did a closer examination, he discovered that the leaf was actually the starting of a flower. He instantly knew the countdown had started toward a full flower blossom. The plant has begun growing at an accelerated rate, literally adding inches every day, on its way to becoming taller than 4 feet. When the plant blooms, the center spadix will warm up to around 100 degrees. When fans are on, the stench can be smelled from as far away as 200 to 300 feet added Thompson.
He was asked why he keeps such stinking things around, and the professor answered by saying they were cool. There are just a couple days left until Kansas’ very first bloom of the rare, foul-smelling corpse flower. It is so unique that one college in the state has set up a 24 hour webcam for anyone who wants to view the big event.
By Kimberly Ruble