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A Time-lapse of the Corpse Flower Blooming at the Huntington Library

August 25, 2014 by Brian Champlin

Did you miss this year’s bloom of the Corpse Flower at the Huntington Library in San Marino?

No worries, we got you covered in .gif format.

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First though, a bit of background just in case you’re wondering what the heck I mean by “Corpse Flower.”

According the the Huntington’s official site:

“Native to the equatorial rain forests of Sumatra, the Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan Arum, can reach more than 6 feet in height when it blooms, opening to a diameter of 3–4 feet. But the plant is perhaps most famous—or infamous—for its exceptionally foul odor. Hence the nickname, Corpse Flower.”

The Corpse Flower bloom is as rare as it is odorous, and this particular flower can go several years without blooming. The most recent blooms previous to this year were 2010, 2009, and 2002.

You can check out this year’s bloom below, which grew to an astonishing height of 64.5 inches.

The photos for the time-lapse were taken by The Huntington Library every 20 minutes, with each .gif representing about a 7 hour block of time.

[via: Huntington Library tumblr]

 

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