Last night was Ted the Stinky and Reclusive Corpse Flower’s grand performance, and like good Davisites, we were there.
His real name is Titan Arum, or Amorphophallus titanum. I didn’t get the phallus part until I saw it. And yes, it is rather, well, you’ll see.
Ted belongs to the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory and he blooms every four years or so, for 24 hours. And he stinks. But he’s really very impressive…
Want another view?
The greenhouse was open until midnight last night, and through the weekend (he’ll bloom, but not stink so much). The greenhouse itself was pretty cool, with rooms and rooms full of succulents (which I love….pix of those later).
And Ted’s keeper, who enthusiastically described the process of Ted, and also took snapshots with the fans.
And in case you want to know more…
I am leaving out the part of the story where I decided I needed to do this at 8:00 pm, only after my friend Pam posted it on Facebook. And how we didn’t take directions (and for some reason, our phones) because there was a greenhouse by the small animal hospital (which we knew very well). And if not that greenhouse, then surely the ones over by the Rec Pool? Or perhaps the ones by the front part of the Arboretum? Or by the Silo? Could they be inside campus? Oh, of course, out by the UCD Airport. That was an hour of touring campus, and many greenhouses. We came home, located it (behind the soccer fields!) and went back at 9:00. It was totally worth it, and I get to keep my Spontaneous and Fun Mom card for another week.
If you want to go (and I do recommend it): http://greenhouse.ucdavis.edu/conservatory