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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.