After a long hiatus, we’re finally seeing some rapid change in Perry the Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum). Almost exactly two years after beginning to grow, and reaching maturity about four months later, the titanic leaf is rapidly senescing. We’ve been watching what has appeared to be the onset of dormancy for many months, but just during the past few days the process has sped up. The petiole (leaf stem) has shrunk tremendously since I showed Perry to some visitors a few days ago, and is leaning to one side. In addition, the leaf’s branches and leaflets are starting to turn yellow and collapse.
An extended period of dormancy will occur after the leaf is gone…then Perry will be back, in flower, bigger and better than ever!
Here are some photos taken today of Perry, some with current Perry scale object Tuan Tran (GAC ’13). Tuan and I will be documenting the demise of the leaf during the next few weeks.
Click here for the Perry webcam (operating continuously since March 2007!) to keep up with the leaf’s fate.
Perry is on Facebook. You can become her/his “Friend” by adding Perry T. Titan.