People have always been attracted to monsters. The reason behind that could be that we all have a little monster sleeping inside of us, waiting to come out, come out, wherever it is. Sometimes, we are more inclined to relate to negative, ugly, mysterious, dark things rather to the beauty and the positivity that takes more mental effort and persistence to be seen, but it is all around us. Corpse flower mania unfolds, as a gross smelling flower which looks amazing has offered a spectacular landscape to the visitors of Denver’s Botanic Garden.
Sticking to the dark and monstrous side of things, thousands of people showed up this week to take a sneak peek and a sniff of “Stinky the Corpse Flower”, a tropical plant that smells like rotting flesh and whose bloom has instantly become an urban obsession.
Entire masses of people have stood in line outside the Denver Botanic Gardens, after another batch of viewers from around the world have taken a chance to see the enormous flower unfold on live-streaming video.
A spokesman of the Botanic Garden declared that they were facing the biggest single day in the gardens’ history. “I think that human curiosity, especially in gross things, has really helped”, he added.
In the following days, the thick 5 foot tall plant with its richness of burgundy flora will start to rot before collapsing in a heap. By then, the plant will have helped the Denver Botanic Gardens to a record-breaking day, with 12.000 paying customers visiting Wednesday. This is the largest number in the history of the garden.
On Thursday only, 3.000 visitors were standing in line for more than an hour, patiently waiting to take their chances and observe the plant at the garden’s Orangery greenhouse.
The plant looks stunning indeed. It is an immense architecture of vegetation with burgundy edges and an immense pillar-like structure raising from its insights. But it smells awfully. As some have described it, “it’s the kind of nagging odor that, if it occurred in your kitchen, might make you wonder if there’s a terrible surprise lurking at the back of the fridge”.
The flower uses its gross smell to lure flies and beetles to its blossom. The mentioned insects are the main pollinators of the plant which usually grows over the lands of Sumatra, Indonesia.
The plant which has met its first bloom this week at the Denver Gardens is the first of its kind ever to bloom in the Rocky Mountain Region. Titan Arum (the scientific name of the plant) was received through a public donation in 2007.
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