NC State’s ‘corpse flower’ begins to bloom

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A rare flower known for its horrible stench is expected to bloom at N.C. State this week.

The Amorphophallus titanum, or “corpse flower,” usually takes seven years to bloom but the plant at N.C. State University’s conservatory greenhouse took 13 years to bloom.

Once it blooms, the 6-foot tall plant will open to show its 3-foot wide flower and will release a horrible smell that has been compared to rotting flesh.

Brandon Huber, a N.C. State Horticultural Sciences master’s student, received the plant from Huntington Botanical Gardens when it was still an underground stem. It has since grown to be 51 pounds.

Huber named the plant “Lupin” after a werewolf in the Harry Potter series named Remus Lupin.

Lupin is expected to bloom on September 23 or 24. N.C. State has set up a live stream to broadcast Lupin’s big moment.

Once it blooms, Lupin will heat up to human body temperature to allow its stench to carry farther. That will aid in attracting pollinators.

This will be Lupin’s first bloom.

Less than 200 titan arum blooms have occurred in cultivation in the past 127 years. The plant was first discovered in Indonesia.

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