Will Lois Begin To Bloom Tonight? [7.20.10]

July 20, 2010

7.20.10 Amorphophallus titanum [7 pm]
See more of the latest photos in our Flickr set.

The answer is still: we don’t know.

BUT – we have noticed significant changes over the course of today that we want everyone to know about. On her right side, Lois’ spathe has opened at least another three inches. In person, you can now see much further inside the spathe than was previously possible – in fact, we’ve noticed a gorgeous red color on the inside (which may be the result of sunset light shining through the deep purple spathe). At the top, her spathe is extended much more broadly away from the spadix on the back side – as you can see in the last four photos (just added) in our Corpse Flower Flickr set. Unfortunately, the photos don’t show the depth and color variety it is now possible to see in person, but they do still show the definite change from this morning.

This is great progress – and it is possible that the blooming process has started. HOWEVER – Lois did open a little bit last night, and then closed again before this morning. She remained open more than the previous day – but this could happen again. She may open a bit wider, and close up again, as part of her slow development. She’s been completely unpredictable thus far, so we do not know what will happen overnight. All we can do is continue to watch!

The Butterfly Center will be open all night, and we invite everyone to come and check on Lois progress. She may open tonight – or she may continue to tease us! We will keep everyone updated on Facebook, Twitter and the Museum’s web site.

Erin B
Authored By Erin B Blatzer

Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS. In a past life, she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS.

14 responses to “Will Lois Begin To Bloom Tonight? [7.20.10]”

  1. Lou Ann Phillips says:

    Thank you for letting us come in and see Lois, for letting us watch her develope on Webcam, and for letting us see what all the Twitters are saying. Thank you HMNS for all of this and more!!!!

  2. Denise Cannon says:

    It’s great being able to keep such close tabs on Lois’s progress. Thanks to the HMNS staff for putting in all the extra hours, and to Rice University for keeping the webcam/Twitter comments up and running.

  3. Kari W. Dermody says:

    Dear HMNS,
    This has been a great experience and my family has truly enjoyed this whole process. Thank you so much for all you have done to not only educate everyone on such a unique plant but to also invite the public to share in this event.

  4. Jeanne Cabrera says:

    I am totally addicted to the Lois webcam. Wish I was still living in Houston so I could go see her. I am sending my daughter and my sister in my place. Thanks for keeping us admirers updated on her slow but sure progress.

  5. Christie says:

    I am coming tomorrow from out of town and cannot wait to see Lois!!!

  6. A fan of "Lois" in Japan. says:

    Dear HMNS & HMNS’s staffs,

    Thank you very much for your reporting details of ” Lois”.
    I am monitoring her through your WEB site from Tokyo-Japan.
    Unfortunately, I can not meet her at HMNS, but, fortunately,I enjoy “Lois”‘s progress in your WEB site and it is probable that I will be able to enjoy the Japanese ” Lois” at ” Koishikawa Botanical Garden at Tokyo in Japan “, soon.
    Your Lois’s progress might be advanced a little earlier than the progress of our Japanese “Lois”.
    So, your reports is useful very much for me to estimate our Japanese “Lois”‘s progress !!
    Again, thank you for your support of the chance to enjoy the flowerings of the different place at the same time. I love and enjoy both bloomings.

    From a fan of “Lois” in Japan.

  7. Jackie Goudy says:

    Lois is looking good but also looks if she is wilting. The webcam is too dark at night. Lighten it up. Is is free to get in after hours? How much is it to see Lois?

  8. Jeanne Cabrera says:

    Now my son has gotten in on the act. He has nicknamed Lois Slowis for taking her sweet time.

  9. Christy Robledo says:

    I had the opportunity of viewing Lois on Sunday, 7/18/09 & enjoyed it with my son. Although she wasn’t in full bloom, it’s something to experience once in your life! I now have pictures of such a rare plant that I can share with my grandchildren in years to come. Thanks for sharing with the world & allowing us to see this rare gift of nature in person!

  10. Clare Lopez says:

    Maybe Lois is waiting for the full moon.

  11. Susan Wood says:

    Give Lois the night off. By keeping lights on every night you have interrupted the natural rhythm of night and day that plants need just as much as we do. She will bloom after a night or two of rest.

  12. Melanie Schneider says:

    So exciting to watch her bloom from home…if anyone goes to see her in person…please suggest they hang a white sheet behind her so we can see her beautiful color. It’s hard to see with a black background. Thanks!

  13. Erin F says:

    Hi Melanie, we are working on getting a light gray background put up today. Thanks for your suggestion!

  14. Melanie Schneider says:

    Thank you, Erin! She looks amazing!

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