Meet Audrey! [Corpse Flower]

Meet Audrey!
Say hi to Audrey!

Your votes are in! Our no-longer-little corpse flower is now named AUDREY! And as @CorpzFlowrLois reports, it’s possible that Audrey’s estimated age and Lois’ growth cycle may result in twin blooms sometime in the next several years! (Insert staff-wide, sterotypical shout of “TWINS?!” followed by synchronized fainting.)

We announced the new name yesterday, on the anniversary of Lois the Corpse Flower’s much-anticipated 2010 bloom. All five of our finalists were on hand to hear the name revealed. The final tally – which takes into account the Facebook/Twitter poll, plus votes  submitted on this post - is as follows:

Audrey: 336
First submitted by Julianne Maddox. As the winner, Julianne will go on a provate tour of the HMNS Greenhouses with our horticulturists!

Delilah: 301
First submitted by Mel Cody.

Clark: 152
First submitted by Carol Davis.

Hermann: 96
First submitted by Ed Truitt. See his photos of Audrey here.

Violet: 39
First submitted by Alicia Leighty

Meet Audrey!
Our finalists wait for the big announcement!
Meet Audrey!
Julianne, our winner, with Zac, our horticulturist and R. Clayton McKee.
You can see some of his photos of Audrey here.
Meet Audrey!
A closeup of Audrey’s leaf. This will open up and spread out over
the next few weeks, allowing Audrey to collect energy from sunlight,
and build up her corm – in anticipation of eventually blooming.

Come see Audrey for yourself!
She will be on display in the Butterfly Center through Labor Day – after which, she’ll return to her regular home in the HMNS greenhouses.

Adopt Audrey!
Unlike Lois, who is already a bloomer, Audrey is a baby corpse flower – and she needs some proiud parents! You can support Audrey’s growth by adopting her – for $20, you’ll help us maintain Audrey’s tropical environment and support the educational science programs of the Houston Museum of Natural Science – and get to attend an exclusive Adoption Party. So that’s pretty cool. Adoption details.

Audrey in the News!
Corpse Flower Lois’ Little Sis Finally Gets A Name | CultureMap
Museum Announces Name For New Corpse Flower
| KTRK-TV
VIDEO: Museum Corpse Flower Gets A Name | KIAH-TV
HMNS Names New Corpse Flower Audrey | KHOU-TV

Name Our New Corpse Flower: Voting Time!

New Corpse Flower: 7.18.11
I want YOU to Vote!

Wow! Over a thousand people contributed name ideas for our new little corpse flower – thank you all for participating!

Whether you were inspired by an old television show, a comic book couple, an animated stinker, Greek mythology, the space program, literature, world languages, current events, a very hungry musical plant, people in your life, or Lois herself, we were thrilled to see some incredibly creative names for our new addition. It was difficult to choose!

Our panel – made up of HMNS Staff and @CorpzFlowrLois – has selected the top 5 names from over 1500 that were submitted. Now, it’s your turn!

Help decide the name of our new corpse flower – vote for your favorite!

There are two ways to vote:

1. Click here to vote on Facebook.

2. Vote via Twitter by sending a tweet to @hmns with one of the following hashtags. Your vote will be automatically counted in the Facebook poll – so check that link to see the scoreboard!

#corpseflowerCLARK
#corpseflowerAUDREY
#corpseflowerVIOLET
#corpseflowerHERMANN
#corpseflowerDELILAH

If do not have a Facebook or Twitter account, you may also vote by leaving a comment on this post. (Comments left on other posts will not be counted.)

The winning name will be announced on the anniversary of Lois’ bloom: Monday, July 25 at 10 am!

Not sure what name will fit our new plant best?

Our yet-to-be-named amorphophallus titanum is on display in the Cockrell Butterfly Center starting today!

You can also check in on our new corpse flower online!

The Corpse Flower Webcam is now available – use the hashtag #HMNScorpseflower to join the conversation there!

VIDEO: Our New Corpse Flower. Help Us Name Her!

Our new corpse flower needs a name! We’ve had over 250 posts with suggestions so far – but we’ve also heard from some people who need a little…inspiration.

So, we thought we’d introduce you to our newest little leaf. And here she is!

Can’t see the video? Click here.

You’ve got until next Friday, July 15 to get your suggestions in – make sure you leave them at the comments section of the post linked below. Our committee (including @CorpzFlowrLois herself) will pick our top 5 favorites, which we’ll post on Monday, July 18. Be sure to check back and vote for your favorite!

Post Your Name Ideas Here!