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Something stinky is about to bloom at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.
"It is just a bizarre plant. We love it. Our public loves it," said Mike McLaughlin.
Mike McLaughlin is the director of hortoculture at Selby Botanical Gardens and is talking about the corpse flower, or the Amorphophallus titanum.
It's one of the rarest blooms on Earth and it's only seen every 3 to 7 years. Once the flower blooms, it puts out a smell that's like no other.
McLaughlin describes it as rotting fish and sweaty socks.
"The corpse flower is just a botanitical odditity, monstrocity, anonomily. I don't know what you call it, but it's just a facisinating plant. It's so big these flowers are six feet tall they have the potential to get up to 12 feet tall," he said.
At Selby Gardens they have twin corpse flowers. "Seymour" and "Audrey" bloom within days of each other. "Seymour" just bloomed and "Audrey" is getting ready for her turn.
Once the flower opens it tries to attract animals to help pollinate it.
"What the plant is doing is a very tricky stragety to get polunators that other plants may not be utilizing so they're attracting beattles and blow flys. They are looking to lay their eggs in a dead carcus in the jungle floor," said McLaughlin.
Corpse flowers are rare and very difficult to grow. They need warm, humid greenhouse conditions to thrive which is perfect at Marie Selby. Once the flowers both bloom McLaughlin and his team are ready.
"This gives us a great opportunity as well to cross poloinate so we can hopefully get some fruits and we can share some of our babies from Seymour and Audrey," he said.
Once the corpse flowers bloom Selby Gardens will stay open till 9 p.m for everyone to come by and smell the plant.
To check on the plants and to see when "Audrey" will bloom visit www.selby.org or check on facebook under Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
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