The rare Sumatran titan arum is open at the Kenneth Post Lab Greenhouses at Cornell University. Watch the people photograph it in real time. Flower photographers regnant!
(Thanks to Bobby B.)
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Featured Comment by Andreas Weber: "From my experience with 'La Diva' in the Stuttgarter Wilhelma I can say that the smell varies a lot in intensity from one flower to the next. And some of it's smaller brethren easily dwarf the 'titan' in that regard ;-) I've been rather close to the big one in July 2008:
[If flower pics be your thang, Andreas has some nice ones on his website. —Ed.]
Added by Andreas 3/20: "It's a good thing that I don't have to pay for traffic on my site. The last two days saw about as much hits as the entire year before."
Featured Comment by J. Robert Lennon: "I was there last night! There's something inspiring about watching hundreds of people show up just to see a flower bloom. And stick their noses into its reeking maw. As soon as we got home my wife threw all her clothes into the laundry and still felt personally tainted when she got up this morning."
Featured Comment by Steve Wolfe: "I shot a timelapse using my D700 a couple years ago of a Titan arum opening at Ohio State University. My wife added titles, stills, and (licensed) music. If you're interested, here's a link to our video on YouTube. By the way, I sat with that smelly thing for six hours to shoot this. After a while the odor kind of grows on you :-) ."
Featured Comment by David Dyer-Bennet: "I don't want to think what sort of pollinator that flower is built for. From the smell, apparently a predator of some sort, too. I'm pretty sure I don't want to be there when it shows up!"
Mike replies: It is clearly meant to be pollinated by zombies. I wouldn't hang around it at night, just to be safe.