Adelaide’s Rare Corpse Flower Is Blooming NOW!

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Since its first bloom in 2015 after a long ten year wait, one of the world’s largest flowers, famous for a stench likened to rotting flesh, has continued to bloom multiple times, drawing crowds to Adelaide Botanic Garden’s Bicentennial Conservatory.

After a much-anticipated wait, it’s that time again NOW, with the Corpse Flower giving visitors a whiff of the pungent Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), which is normally found in the rainforests of Sumatra.

The rare and endangered plant bloomed overnight and into the morning of  Friday 26 October 2018. The flower will last for just 48 hours. 

You can see it: Friday 26 October – 9am to 9:30pm (last entry 9:15pm), Saturday 27 October: 9.00am to 6pm or Sunday 28 October onwards: 10am – 4pm (regular opening hours). 

Photo by Tom Chladek

The flower can grow up to three metres tall and once in bloom, only lasts for 48 hours. 

As the bloom is short (but not sweet!) the visiting hours at the Adelaide Botanic Garden’s Bicentennial Conservatory tend to change to accommodate the influx of visitors, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details. 

The flowering event, which follows previous year’s spectacular Titan arum blooms at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, will likely draw huge crowds in the city.

The tall sibling isn’t a tree, but a Titan Arum leaf and leaflets. It shoots up these tall leaves each year to harness energy which it sends to the corm below. When the corm has enough energy, it will produce a flowering plant…but this can take up to 10 years to happen. 

Also on display is the smaller, but soon-to-flower, Amorphophallus konjac which is likely to be smelly too. The Botanic Garden has had these plants for 30 years but this is the first time they are set to flower so they are doubly excited!

Posted by Debbie Williams on Friday, 12 October 2018

A gold coin donation to help the Gardens’ conservation work for this rare and threatened species is appreciated, or visitors can donate to the cause online.

Visit the Botanic Gardens of South Australia’s website, Facebook, Twitter , Snapchat and Instagram for imagery and updates throughout the Titan arum’s flowering and use the hashtag #stinkyBGSA in your posts about the flower.

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