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

Setting Your Movie In Boston? Bettah Get The Accent Right

A new film about mobster Whitey Bulger is in the works, and its success may ride on one crucial detail: whether or not the actors can deliver a convincing "hihowahya?"
NPR

Canadians Fret Merger With Burger Will Change Tim Hortons

Burger King announced it is buying the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain for about $11 million. Some Canadian's aren't thrilled that their Timmy's is being taken over by the American burger company.
NPR

After Inspector General Report, Veterans Want More Than Promises

The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
NPR

Pew Study: Facebook, Twitter Users Held Back Views On Snowden

The Pew Research Center report shows that Americans were more willing to have a conversation about NSA leaker Edward Snowden face-to-face than in discussion groups on Facebook or Twitter.

Leave a Comment

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