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Blooming Now: Amorphophallus konjac

Current status: The Amorphophallus konjac reached its peak bloom over the weekend and the fragrance is now faint. The specimen is on view for now and progress pictures are available below.


If you enjoyed Bob Smellanor, the Amorphophallus titanum (aka corpse flower) that bloomed at the Conservatory last summer, you won’t want to miss its smaller relative, the Amorphophallus konjac (aka voodoo lily)!

Similar to the closely related corpse flower, the voodoo lily also has a famously terrible odor — one that resembles rotting flesh on a hot day. Unlike Bob Smellanor, however, the konjac is not endangered, is much smaller, blooms more frequently, and is more widely found in cultivation.

Experience this weirdly wonderful Amorphophallus in the Rainforest Biome for a limited time!  An amorphophallus bloom is notoriously unpredictable, but we expect to see it in full bloom in a matter of days, and for the bloom to last a few days after that until it collapses.

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