Rare corpse flower to bloom at UC Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — An Indonesian flower famous for its foul odor is expected to unfurl its putrid blossom within the next week at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The school says its greenhouse will be open to the public during the one-day blooming of the so-called corpse flower.
Unlike other flowers that rely on bees for pollination, this one counts on flies. It attracts them with the smell of rotting flesh, and they in turn spread its sticky pollen.
Its nauseating scent comes from two sulfur-producing chemicals within its leaves.
The UCSB greenhouse will be open to the public when the plant blooms. It is currently over four feet in height and growing rapidly.
Viewing hours will be posted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChanelTheTitanArum. Admission is free. Titan Arun signs will direct visitors to Lot 18, where parking costs $5 for two hours. From there, Titan Arum signs will guide visitors from Lot 18 to the greenhouse.