Update: Botanist Jack Keegan reports the 'corpse flower' is now blooming. The flower typically blooms for only a few hours. Miami does not plan to pollinate it so Keegan says tonight's the night to get to Oxford if you want to see it in bloom. Keegan is expecting large crowds. The Belk Greenhouse will be open until at least 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Original story posted: April 2, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.
A rare flower is just about ready to bloom at Miami University and unlike its relative the calla lily, you may want to hold your nose when you see the Titan Arum.
"Currently it is okay," says Miami Botany instructor Jack Keegan. "But later it lives up to its name, corpse flower. It really smells like rotting flesh."
Keegan says only around 150 corpse flowers have ever bloomed in cultivation, and this is just the fourth ever in Ohio.
At five feet tall, it's one of the largest flowers in the world.
"If you really are interested in plants or interested, to an extent, in the bizarre, it is really something to see," he says.
Miami's Belk greenhouse is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Keegan says it will stay open late on the day the flower blooms.
The Belk greenhouse is on Miami's Western Campus (past the Art Museum) attached to Boyd Hall.
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Finally, here's a time lapse video of The Ohio State University's Titan Arum blooming.