A flower? I should have taken the advice of Outkast to know that roses always smell like boo boo.
Alice is an Amorphophallous or a titan arum flower (corpse flower) has just finished the bloom cycle. The Botanical Garden flower is beginning its frutescence stage – which means it’s creating fruit from pollination. That’s where the stinkiness is detected. Chicago Botanic Garden refer to Alice as their second titan.
The flower hails from the Sumatra Island of Indonesia.
As of September 29, the flower has expanded to 55 inches big! It can actually get all the way up to eight feet tall. This was quicker than expected, because experts believed the flower to begin around October 1.
Alice sits in a greenhouse hidden away from direct sunlight and hydrated frequently.
The spathe (a frilly modified leaf) begins to pull away from the tall spadix (flower spike); Alice’s internal temperature begins to increase to help volatize the odor to attract pollinators.
Chicago Botanic Garden
100 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Watch the flower bloom below.