Stinky corpse flower blooms at UW but it won’t last long

A rare (and large and smelly) corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is blooming at the University of Washington’s Botany Greenhouse.

The flower bloomed Wednesday evening. The smell, which has been compared to rotting meat, is past its peak but the giant flower lingers at the greenhouse, which is just off the Burke Gilman Trail and is a short walk from Eastlake. 


In the video, greenhouse manager Doug Ewing, who spent Wednesday night monitoring the plant, explains how the smell aids the plant in its reproduction process. The noise you hear in the background in the greenhouse is equipment being used to measure the smell. 

The flower probably won’t last past Saturday. The greenhouse will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. If it’s closed, you can see the flower through the glass. You’ll find at map on the UW’s website.

The Seattle Times has a story and photos about the corpse flower.

For more information on the corpse flower, see the plant’s website. There’s also more information on a Facebook page maintained by UW Biology.

7 thoughts on “Stinky corpse flower blooms at UW but it won’t last long

  1. Hiro Amano

    What camera did you use to record this? Nice video! I’ve been following this story on Facebook’s UWBiology page….

  2. cdmilton

    A Canon Vixia HV30. This machine uses tape although they also make the same camcorder with flash memory.

  3. Hiro Amano

    Cool… I thought it looked familiar. We use the VIXIA HF100s which are the SDHC card equivalents, the same
    generation as the HV40s, I think. Can you use the HV30 as a Firewire webcam?

  4. cdmilton

    The sound is from a pump that was being used to sample the smell. They had hoses placed inside the flower to suck up air to be analyzed.

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