Corpse Flower Watch: Day 7

July 7, 2010

7.7.10 Amorphophallus titanum
Lois, our corpse flower, at noon today. See more photos on Flickr.

Update! Our corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) has grown another 4 inches since yesterday! And, as you can see from the photo, her leafy spathe is showing a hint of purple – a sign the flower will open soon!

We are pulling out the tape measure every day at 10 a.m. to show you how rapidly this amazing flower is progressing. Results so far:

Date          Height
July 1   31″
July 2   34″
July 3   37″
July 4   41″
July 5   45″
July 6   49″
July 7   53″

Our most current predictions have Lois opening sometime this weekend. Keep checking back to see our latest measurements and predictions of when Lois will be in full bloom.

Learn more about Lois and the corpse flower. And, check out the photo set on Flickr to see day-by-day growth.

Authored By Zac Stayton

Zac joined the museum in January after returning to Houston from a stint studying plants in Hawaii. He is the full-time horticulturist for the Cockrell Butterfly Center, and is in charge of daily maintenance and design for the rainforest exhibit. Zac specializes in tropical plants, particularly epiphytes, and his duties in the rainforest range from feeding all of the plants and animals to hand pollinating some of the tropical fruits, such as vanilla and cacao.

One response to “Corpse Flower Watch: Day 7”

  1. Gee says:

    This is amazing, I’m excited to see it and smell it perhaps. Is there any chance we can beat the Guinness Book of Records? That would be awesome!

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