Stinky 'Corpse Flower' Blooms At Botanic Gardens | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Stinky 'Corpse Flower' Blooms At Botanic Gardens

Play associated audio
Corpse flower (Titan Arum) in bloom at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in July 2008.
Ingrid Taylor: http://flic.kr/p/51Gad1
Corpse flower (Titan Arum) in bloom at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in July 2008.

A rare flower is blooming at the National Botanic Gardens. It's quite a sight and soon to be... quite a smell.

Botanic Gardens spokesman Ari Novy says the titan arum is better known by its well-earned nickname — the corpse plant.

"It's called the corpse plant because it emits a very foul odor that is reminiscent of a rotting corpse, and it does that specifically to attract insects that like rotting corpses."

Some like Alexis Rubio couldn't wait to check it out.

"I've actually seen it in books, and I've heard about it a little, but coming here, I didn't know it was actually here," says Rubio. "So this is a really good surprise for me."

A corpse plant hasn't bloomed in D.C. since 2007.

Live Feed: Corpse Flower


Live Video streaming by Ustream
NPR

Racially-Charged Casting Call: 'Surprising' But Not Shocking To Insiders

A casting call asked for attractive light-skinned women of any race but black women who looked "poor" and "not in good shape." A panel of industry insiders weighs in.
NPR

With Help From America's Test Kitchen, Why Buy When You Can DIY?

Morning Edition host Renee Montagne talks to America's Test Kitchen's Chris Kimball about foods that are easier than you'd guess to make at home. Fresh Nutella or kale chips, anyone?
NPR

Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.
NPR

U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing

The problem in the U.S. State Department system could cause problems for millions of people worldwide who are awaiting travel documents.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.