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Time lapse videos of Wee Stinky’s 2016 flowering

If you visited during the latest flowering, you only saw a snapshot. These videos will help you take in the whole process:

‘Wee Stinky’ first night – October 14, 2016. Approximately 10 hours compressed into 25 seconds.

‘Wee Stinky’ third flowering – October 14, 2016. Approximately 34 hours compressed into 80 seconds.

Victoria lily is flowering today (October 20)

If you’d like to stop by and see this fascinating flower, the Conservatory is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more about this plant. Sign up for email updates (form in right column, bottom on mobile) and we’ll let you know when the next flower bud opens.

Bill Crepet, chair of the Plant Biology Section took this picture around 6 p.m. Wednesday:

vic-lily

Full length version of the video you watched on social media:

Still ‘Stinky’ – Conservatory open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday

While not as pungent as last night,’Wee Stinky’ still stinks, and looks good this morning.

If you’d like to see (or smell) for yourself, the Conservatory is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

'Wee Stinky' at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

‘Wee Stinky’ at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Flowering tonight! Conservatory hours extended to 9 p.m.

‘Wee Stinky’ has finally decided that tonight is the night to unfurl its spathe, heat up its spadix and release its odors.

We have extended visitor hours until 9 p.m. tonight so that you can come and smell for yourself.

We will also be open on Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Karl Niklas, professor in the Plant Biology Section, talks Titan arums earlier this afternoon.

Karl Niklas, professor in the Plant Biology Section, talks Titan arums earlier this afternoon.

Via CornellCast:

Livestream running

Via CornellCast:

If you can’t be in the Conservatory, the next best thing is to keep tabs on ‘Wee Stinky’ via webcam.

We’ll be watching the plant carefully this afternoon for signs that it might flower tonight. If it does, we’ll announce extended hours until 9 p.m. Sign up for email updates (right column or bottom on mobile) and you’ll be among the first to know.

‘Wee Stinky’ still poised

‘Wee Stinky’ measured 84.5 inches this morning. Growth of the spadix continues to slow, which based on previous flowerings is a good sign that flowering could come any day now.

When exactly? That’s tough to predict. But usually sometime in the afternoon the plant will start to show signs that flowering will begin in full as evening approaches.

When we know for sure, we’ll announce it here and through CALS and other social media, and we will extend visiting hours at the Conservatory until 9 p.m. that evening. As long as the flowering lasts, we will extend visitor hours to 9 a.m. (10 a.m. if it’s flowering on Saturday) to 9 p.m.

If you’d like us to keep you updated, you can sign up for email notifications (right column, bottom on mobile) when we make new posts to this blog.

'Wee Stinky' predawn on Tuesday.

‘Wee Stinky’ predawn on Tuesday.

Cornell Chronicle: Bigger than ever, Cornell corpse flower poised to bloom

Paul Cooper, head grower for the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, measures Wee Stinky with the help of Bill Crepet, professor and chair in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. The Titan arum is one of hundreds of plants in the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium managed by the Plant Biology Section.

Paul Cooper, head grower for the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, measures Wee Stinky with the help of Bill Crepet, professor and chair in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. The Titan arum is one of hundreds of plants in the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium managed by the Plant Biology Section.

Cornell Chronicle [2016-10-10]:

One of Cornell’s famous corpse flowers is getting ready once again to unfurl its fetid bloom.

The plant nicknamed Wee Stinky, one of two flowering-sized titan arums in the living collection of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory, is prepping for a dazzling reproductive effort to make itself big, hot and smelly.

Called a corpse flower for the putrid aroma unleashed when it flowers, the titan arum has evolved a reproductive strategy to lure pollinators with pungent signals akin to rotting flesh. Dark purple coloring, a sickly scent, blasts of heat and plumes of carbon dioxide are all deployed to resemble carrion favored by certain pollinator insects. It takes years for the plant to build up the necessary energy to put on such a macabre display, only to burn it all off in a few days before wilting back to a vegetative state.

Read the whole article.

Victoria lily is flowering today (October 10) – NOT ‘Wee Stinky’

If you’d like to stop by and see this fascinating flower while you’re waiting for our Titan arum ‘Wee Stinky’ to flower, the Conservatory is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more about this plant. Sign up for email updates (form in right column, bottom on mobile) and we’ll let you know when the next flower bud opens.

Full length version of the video you watched on social media:

Cornell’s Titan arum ‘Wee Stinky’ poised to flower again

Reposted from Cornell’s Titan Arum Blog

Plant Sciences major Patty Chan ’18 welcomes ‘Wee Stinky’ to the new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory.

Plant Sciences major Patty Chan ’18 welcomes ‘Wee Stinky’ to the new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory.

‘Wee Stinky’ – one of two flowering-sized Titan arums in the living collection of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory – is poised to flower again in the very near future. It will be the first Titan arum to flower in the new Conservatory, which re-opened last spring. And as a bonus, its sibling ‘Carolus’ stands nearby in its vegetative stage, its single leaf towering nine feet tall.

Titan arums (Amorphophallus titanum, also known as corpse plant) are famous for producing the largest unbranched inflorescence (flowering structure) in the plant world – as well as producing a big stink. During their brief, two-day display, plants produce a variety of chemicals that mimic rotting flesh to attract carrion flies and beetles to assist with the plant’s sophisticated pollination strategy.  Learn more about the plant.

‘Wee Stinky’ – grown from a seedling provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001 – first flowered in March 2012. About 10,000 people lined up to see the plant firsthand at the Kenneth Post Lab Greenhouse complex, while more than 500,000 checked on its progress via webcam. It flowered a second time in November 2014. Sibling ‘Carolus’ has flowered once, in June 2015.

When exactly will ‘Wee Stinky’ flower this time around?

That’s tough to predict precisely, but also part of the excitement. Based on previous flowerings, we currently estimate around October 15, give or take a few days. As flowering nears, growth of the spadix (the column-like structure in the middle of the plant) slows. But we never know for sure until late in the day when the skirt-like spathe surrounding the spadix starts to unfurl. Sign up for email updates (right column or bottom on mobile) and we’ll keep you posted.

How big will it get?

‘Wee Stinky’s’ corm weighed 65 pounds when planted in July.

CUAES greenhouse grower Paul Cooper plants ‘Wee Stinky’s’ 65-pound corm in July.

Last flowering, ‘Wee Stinky’s’ spadix grew to 76 inches tall. That was from a 50-pound corm – the underground tuber-like structure where Titan arums store their energy. This time, ‘Wee Stinky’s’ corm weighed 65 pounds when planted in July. So we expect it will grow considerably taller. You can check progress daily in the growth chart at The Spadix Speaks: Cornell’s Titan Arum Blog (right column or bottom on mobile). We plan to have a live webcam up and running at least a week ahead of flowering.

Can I come see ‘Wee Stinky’?

Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory

Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory

We’d love to have you.  The Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory is open to the public most weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. When flowering begins, we will extend visitor hours. Check the Titan arum or Conservatory websites for hours and visitor information.

The Conservatory is adjacent to Plant Science Building, 236 Tower RoadView map. The nearest public metered lot is the Peterson Lot at the corner of Tower Road and Judd Falls Road, across from Stocking Hall and the Cornell Dairy Bar.

Click image to download handout and lifecycle poster (.pdf)

Click image to download handout and lifecycle poster (.pdf)

How can I learn more?

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory houses one of several plant collections curated by the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, and is maintained by the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station.

Victoria lily opening: Close-up time-lapse video

About 3 hours captured in 30 seconds from the latest flowering September 29, 2016:

Learn more about this plant.

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