Otago Daily Times

Plant’s deathly stench may re­turn

- Gardening · Hobbies

DUNEDIN res­i­dents may be in for an­other stinky sum­mer spec­ta­cle from the botanic gar­den’s corpse plant.

The corpse plant is fa­mous for pro­duc­ing one of the world’s largest flow­ers with a nau­se­at­ing smell com­pa­ra­ble to rot­ting flesh.

This week, the gar­den’s staff will weigh the plant’s bulb­like un­der­ground stem — called a corm — to get an idea if it will un­leash an­other rare flower.

If the corm weighs more than 20kg, it is an in­di­ca­tion the plant has reached its po­ten­tial to flower.

Thou­sands of peo­ple flocked to see the Dunedin plant’s first and only flow­er­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

The flower typ­i­cally lasts for only 24­36 hours.

The plant reg­u­larly pro­duces a sin­gle leaf the size of a small tree that reaches up to 6m high and 4m wide in the wild for most of its life. — RNZ

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