We made it to BBG this evening, and I was not disappointed. To see all the photos, visit the flickr set I created for them.
The Cliff Notes version:
- The flower does not smell. Yet. The infamous stench erupts only while the female flowers are receptive, which may be only a few hours.
- BBG staff can't predict exactly when it will peak.
- It may peak as early as this Friday, or as late as Monday. You can visit their Titan arum webcam page to keep track of its progress.
- The fact that it's blooming at all is unexpected. They only learned barely two weeks ago that the current growth of the plant is a bloom and not a leaf.
- This evening's program included brief lectures by Dr. Alessandro Chiari, BBG’s plant propagator, and Mark Fisher, foreman of BBG’s Steinhardt Conservatory.
- There was not enough time for me to ask all the questions I had.
Continue reading ...
- BBG's Titan Arum pages
- Wikipedia article
- My flickr set of photos from the visit
- New York Times, August 10: Brooklyn’s Bloom, a Sight (and Stench) Not to Be Missed (requires registration/subscription)