Titan Arum blooms at UNC

Titan arum, aka corpse flower is expected to bloom this week at UNC Charlotte. This will be the first blooming of one of these plants in the Carolinas.

UNC bought a corm ( bulb ) 4 years ago for $100. Last year it added a leaf that grew to 10′ long by 8′ wide.

It is now entering reproductive time. The smell is like rotting meat which will attract flies to pollinate it. The smell typically lasts a very short time, being strongest on the first day and rapidly dropping after that.