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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Amorphophallus titanum a.k.a. Stinky - a week later

(Sketch by Ikumi Kayama)

Denver Botanic Gardens has had Stinky since 2007. After preparing so many years for the big event on August 17-19, 2015 Stinky's spadix collapsed on August 23, 4:13 p.m. and Stinky started saving energy for the next event to come.
(captured from the NBC 9News' live cam Aug. 23, 4:13:25 p.m.)

The time of blooming was also a hectic period of scientific collection and documentation. The female (pistillate) flowers bloomed first and after that the male (staminate) flowers released the pollen grains.
 Pollen grains were pressed out from the anther's theca in strings. Because the male blooming occurs after the female phase, our Stinky couldn't develop fertilized seeds. Pollen grains were collected and shipped to Chicago Botanical Garden to do the trick for Spike, which is starting to bloom any minute now.

Resting Stinky on August 26, 2015.
To see more images from the past week, please click here.

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