Rare corpse flower to bloom at Foster Botanical Garden

(Via KHON)

Amorphophallus titanum (Photo: Foster Botanical Garden)
Amorphophallus titanum (Photo: Foster Botanical Garden)

Foster Botanical Garden says another of its Amorphophallus titanum, an endangered species native to Sumatra, Indonesia, is anticipated to bloom in the next two weeks. This short-lived flower only blooms once every three to five years. The plant is at Foster Botanical Garden’s Orchid Conservatory.

The Amorphophallus titanum, also known as a corpse flower, is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the plant kingdom. Its pungent odor of rotting flesh serves to attract the carrion beetles that pollinate the flower.

Foster Botanical Garden, located on Vineyard Blvd. in downtown Honolulu, is the oldest of the city’s botanical gardens with a mature collection of tropical plants. Some of the trees in this 14-acre garden were planted in the 1850s by Dr. William Hillebrand. The garden also includes a palm collection, the Lyon Orchid Garden, hybrid orchid display, the Prehistoric Glen and a gift shop.

Cost for entry at Foster Botanical Garden is $5 general admission for visitors ages 13 years and older; $3 for Hawaii residents ages 13 years and older with ID; $1 for children ages 6-12; and free for children 5 years old and under (must be accompanied by an adult).

Foster Botanical Garden is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily, except for Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 522-7066.

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