OSU’s third consecutive ‘Corpse flower’ bloom in the past three years.
[Imaged above: A screenshot of OSU greenhouse visitors posing for the ever-popular O-H-I-O photo-op with Woody as the “I”. Below: A gif of Woody blooming through out the day.]
OSU’s biological sciences greenhouse has experienced it’s third consecutive corpse-flower bloom for the third year in a row. The rare and stinky corpse flower, also known as titan arum, belongs naturally in Sumatra, and can grow up to 10 feet, with a diameter 5-6 ft.
The largest recorded titan arum inflorescence:
- Bonn (Germany), May 2003, 274 cm
- Wageningen (The Netherlands), 1932, 267 cm
- Bogor (Indonesia), 261 cm
- Bonn (Germany), 2000, 257.5 cm
- New York (USA), 1937, 256.5 cm
- Frankfurt (Germany), 1985, 250 cm*
(* In contrast tot he other flowerings, the Frankfurt plant was measured from the tuber upward (2.7m). For comparison with other plants, therefore, about 20 cm have to be deducted.) Source: Bonn Botanical Garden.
The flower that opened up today at OSU for excited-viewers is named Woody. This will be Woody’s second blooming, after blooming two years ago, whilst another corpse flower at OSU, named Jesse, bloomed last year. Woody, itself, reaches over 70-inches tall, and has been growing a recorded 4-5 inches a day since first sprouting.
Although, in it’s natural habitat, the female and male corpse flowers will tend to bloom within days of each other, OSU’s corpse flowers must be hand-pollinated to obtain new seeds. Since the flower was discovered in the late 1800s, there have been less than around 175 blooms world-wide, 29 of which were within the U.S. as of 2010, making OSU’s 3-year blooming phenomenon a noteworthy occurrence in the world of plant-sciences.