‘Corpse flower’ in rare bloom

  • Jessica Else / The Garden Island The rare corpse flower only blooms once in its life, and only for 36 hours, before it dies. Here the yet-to-bloom variety is seen at Princeville Botanical Gardens.

  • Jessica Else / The Garden Island This rare bloom is the corpse flower, which blooms only for 36 hours before it dies, as seen Saturday at Princeville Botanical Gardens.

PRINCEVILLE — One of the rarest flowers in the world, the corpse flower, is blooming at Princeville Botanical Gardens.

Scientifically named Amorphophallus titanum, it is the largest unbranched flower in the world, and only blossoms for about 36 hours before it dies.

It is named for its scent, which resembles a rotting corpse. The plant uses that smell, coupled with rich burgundy colors to attract its pollinators, which are carnivorous insects.

In honor of the corpse flower’s first bloom at Princeville Botanical Garden, it will be open for a short time starting at noon today. It will also be opening from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Donations to the garden are also accepted.

The Princeville Botanical Gardens is at 3840 Ahonui Place.

To RSVP and see the corpse flower in bloom, call Janmarie at 634-5505.

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