Photos of Rollins College 5/2016 Corpse Plant Bloom


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In April 2015 my husband Monte and I had the opportunity to view a corpse flower waiting to bloom at Rollins College in the Hauck Research Center Greenhouse located in Winter Park, Florida.150415 IMG_7422e

Unfortunately, we had to leave before it’s bloom reached fruition. The story and pictures (some emailed to us when it bloomed) can be viewed at the following sites:

The greenhouse had another plant that the same age as the 2015 blooming corpse plant that was ready to bloom in the future, perhaps in 2016.

Monte’s niece, Gail Jones, who works at the college, sent us an e-mail saying the future was here, at the end of the first week of May, 2016. We watched an online video as the plant bloomed and the blossom folded itself back on the stem of the plant. The photos here were taken off the web stream showing the progress of the plant.

At a writer’s workshop I had to write haikus on flowers.

May 6, 9:01 a.m.

May 6, 9:01 a.m.

I open slowly

Spread stinky corpse odor

Then I close slowly

May 7, 2016 @ 8:34 a.m.

May 7, 2016 @ 8:34 a.m.

I’m awake 30 hours

A stinky maroon blossom

Then I sleep 10 years

May 7, 2016 @ 6:12 p. m.

May 7, 2016 @ 6:12 p. m.

Corpse flowers typically require 7-12 years of vegetative growth before flowering. The blooms last only between 24 and 48 hours.

The flower’s name, Amorphophallus titanium, translates to “misshapen giant penis.”

Rollins College looks to the future for the malodorous presence of two other smaller corpse plant blooms.



THE CORPSE FLOWER (Amorphophallus titanum)—A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING-Is in Bloom

About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at My novel site is
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1 Response to Photos of Rollins College 5/2016 Corpse Plant Bloom

  1. merry101 says:

    Strange but beautiful.


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