The Titan Awakens!

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 by

It’s been a long time since my last update on Perry, but he/she has been either stolidly photosynthesizing, dozing off, or sleeping for quite a while during the past couple of years.

No more! Perry recently awakened from only four months of stony sleep (I had expected at least nine months…). This is startling, and is something that should be followed closely. Previous periods of dormancy have been much longer, so it will be interesting to see whether or not this oddly early dormancy-breaking will result in…an inflorescence?…or another leaf?…or…multiple inflorescences?  Time will tell, and soon.  See the Titan Arum Webcam for live Perry action (and that’s happening fast).

The production of Perry’s exuberant leaf has been well-documented on this blog and on Flickr, but the onset of sleep has been sadly neglected by me, at least on the blog (but see my Flickr aroid set for a sequence of photos of Perry’s long doze-off) .  I plan to rectify that omission soon; for now, I’ll post a photo of Perry’s initial shoot, scaled to the hand of Nick Murray, perryophile extraordinaire, taken on Graduation Day for Nick (and for many other now-alumni/alumnae – Sunday, May 30, 2010).  Meanwhile, by all means begin following the Reanimation of Perry via the webcam.

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