Hundreds gather in Auckland to see the ‘Corpse Flower’ bloom for a couple of days – once every seven years…
The Amorphophallus titanum plant, known as the “corpse flower”, began unfurling in the tropical glasshouse at the Auckland Domain Wintergarden about 2pm yesterday.
An Auckland Council spokesperson said the flower is in full bloom today and is expected to remain open for the rest of the afternoon.
Accordingly, due to public interest, the Wintergarden will remain open until 8.30pm tonight.
The flower is now showing its deep burgundy interior. It was giving off a light smell this morning but that may change as the day progresses.
The bloom typically lasts for up to two days and only happens once every seven years.
Auckland Domain manager David Millward said the plant is creating a good deal of excitement amongst his team and visitors to the garden.
“The titan arum, as it’s commonly known, can produce a single leaf the size of a small tree every year for seven to ten years before showing any signs of producing a flower.
“We have been watching this one very closely and were delighted to finally confirm that a flower was on the way – it felt a bit like being expectant parents,” he said.
Mr Millward said the Wintergarden’s glasshouse maintains an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.
“We hope many visitors are able to come and see the titan arum, as this may well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“If it gets very busy, we may need to carefully manage entry to ensure everyone gets a chance to move through the glasshouse and we’ll be reminding people that it’s very warm and smelly inside,” he said.
There’s currently about a half hour wait to see the flower.