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Road trip: Giant plant that smells putrid blooming in Sarasota

Selby Gardens
Audrey, left, and Seymour are Selby Gardens' two "corpse plants."

Selby Gardens Audrey, left, and Seymour are Selby Gardens' two "corpse plants."

Looking for an outing? A giant stinky rarely blooming "corpse plant" named Seymour is blooming at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, and its kid sister Audrey may soon follow suit. The plant "has the odor of putrid rotting flesh." Well, say no more, who's in for a road trip? Amorphophallus titanum, nicknamed the corpse plant because its foul insect-attracting odors, hails from Sumatra, Indonesia. The last time two of these incredible giants bloomed together at Selby Gardens was in 1999, and the largest plant reached a height of nearly 5 feet. The full bloom lasts just a few days. It's rare to see this plant flower in the United States because it's rare in cultivation and it's listed on the World Conservation Union's Red List of Threatened Species. Visitors can view — and smell — the flowering giants inside Selby Gardens' Tropical Conservatory from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily while it's in bloom. Up-to-the-minute reports will be posted to facebook.com/selbygardens or selby.org/botany-blog. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

Road trip: Giant plant that smells putrid blooming in Sarasota 06/20/14 [Last modified: Monday, June 23, 2014 4:11pm]
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