Titan Arum, Corpse Flower Bloom - September 19, 2017

     Today I had the bittersweet pleasure of crossing something off of my bucket list.  I had the opportunity to see and SMELL a blooming corpse flower, in real life, in rotting-flesh stink. Corpse Flowers have an every 7-10 year bloom cycle so it's not often you get the chance to smell it's wet, sweet, thick fart-like stench.  The actual bloom was impressive, 3 feet high (give or take) and oddly beautiful.  In it's native land of Sumatra, Indonesia, the damp, decaying odor of this plant attracts carrion beetles and flies that help with the pollination process.

      As I waited on a few people to take their selfies so I could snap this first photo, I lingered around the front of the plant for a minute or so and got a real good whiff... Or should I say whiffs? It was so strange, the air was completely still but the stench of the bloom came at you in small waves, as if the plant was silently crop-dusting the gathering crowd in concentrated little bursts.  I wonder if people with a fetish for these blooms exist?  Do they have to guard this plant at night to keep the plant perverts away?  Probably.  

     It was definitely worth paying the $14 entrance fee to see this beast since I'm considering it a once in a lifetime experience.  I don't see myself seeking out the opportunity to witness another corpse flower bloom ever again.  Although, who knows, I could happen to stumble into one in the middle of the rainforest in Indonesia someday....  That would be amazing.  Adding it to my "Accidental Experiences Bucket List" right now. 

 Front View of Corpse Flower in Bloom - San Diego Botanic Garden - Encinitas, California- September 2017

Front View of Corpse Flower in Bloom - San Diego Botanic Garden - Encinitas, California- September 2017

 Back View of Corpse Flower with Crowd of Admirers in the Background - San Diego Botanic Garden - Encinitas, California - September 2017 

Back View of Corpse Flower with Crowd of Admirers in the Background - San Diego Botanic Garden - Encinitas, California - September 2017