Foster Garden anticipates crowds for blooming ‘corpse plant’

(Via KHON)

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A “corpse plant” is set to bloom at Foster Botanical Garden any day now.

An update posted to Facebook announced that the sheathing on one of its Amorphophallus titanum dropped Monday, which indicates that blooming is imminent.

However, the garden’s horticulturalist said blooming did not begin by 3 p.m. as originally expected, and thus the flower will not bloom Tuesday.

When the “corpse plant” begins to bloom, the garden typically remains open until 6 p.m. to allow for extra viewing time. (The garden’s regular schedule is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.)

These short-lived flowers are an endangered species native to Sumatra, Indonesia and bloom only once every two to five years. Contributing to the plant’s exotic allure is its pungent odor of rotting flesh, which serves to attract the carrion beetles that pollinate the flower.

The plants are at Foster Botanical Garden’s Orchid Conservatory, which is home to 10 mature specimens.

General admission is $5, $3 for Hawaii residents with state ID, $1 for children six to 12 years old, and free for children five years old and under (must be with adult).

Call 522-7066 for more information.

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