Frustrating Corpse Flower in Chicago Needs Help Blooming


Spike, the uncommon corpse flower that has been attracting hundreds of tourists to the Chicago Botanic Backyard, raised a stink in any case – by not blooming. Scientists believe Spike didn’t have enough energy to force itself opening, however they say it could open again in the future.

The Chicago Botanic Garden says at 10 a.m. horticulturalists will remove the spathe and put it on display for the public to admire. Formally called titan arum or amorphophallus titanium, the rare flower gets its name from the pungent smell it produces. When corpse flowers bloom, they release a stinky odor which attracts pollinating beetles and flies. It’s native to the rainforest of western Sumatra, Indonesia, in accordance with the discharge. The titan arum doesn’t bloom often, sometimes taking 10 years or longer, which is why Spike drew so much attention. Spike has drawn 50,000 visitors to the gardens in north suburban Glencoe to marvel at the unpredictable plant.

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