HE’S BACK! In July 2014, the Botanical Gardens acquired three Amorphophallus titanumcorms and one named “Morty” bloomed in August 2014. Morty is ready to bloom againearlier than expected. When Morty bloomed in 2014, he captivated Western New York and the Botanical Gardens saw record attendance of over 10,000 visitors in two weeks and just over 5,000 visitors in three days.
Amorphophallus titanum, corpse flower (its common name), is in the arum family and is native to the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. They are famous for their huge blooms and their horrible smell, like rotting flesh, while in bloom. Corpse flowers can bloom every 6-10 years, making it a rare sight to see and smell.
It is hard to predict when the plant may be in full bloom but our best estimate of bloom time would be within six weeks. Growing quickly, Morty can grow about two to eight inches per day and can reach six to eight feet tall. When it is in full bloom, the flower, and its accompanying stench, lasts only 24-48 hours.
Morty will be on public display inside the Botanical Gardens and depending on the bloom, will be on display through the summer. After it flowers the plant wilts and the stench fades. During its short bloom, the Botanical Gardens plans to have extended hours.
Morty’s Twitter - @Mortystinks