It’s now official – Perry the Corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) will bloom soon! We were able to detect a bit of spathe by peeking into Perry’s shoot during the photo session this past Friday (October 11). Over the weekend, Perry smiled in all his/her glory, and this morning (Monday) at about 10:00 we had a short photo session. The characteristic lettuce-like appearance of the newly-revealed spathe is a beautiful thing to see. For those who might think of salad or sandwiches at my mention of lettuce – know that plants in Perry’s botanical family (Araceae) contain significant chemical defenses. Munching is not recommended.
Things will now move along very fast. I estimate, very roughly, that about three weeks might elapse before Perry’s anthesis. Perry and her/his admirerswill be appearing more frequently on this blog in the coming weeks, as will more detailed photos of Perry. Pictured today are Brian O’Brien, Nick Ulen (Gustavus ’15), and Serenity Mahoney (Gustavus ’15).
A second Perry webcam went live on the Internet today! It has a perspective from an angle above Perry, so viewers should be able to see part of what’s happening inside of the inflorescence.