If you are reading this right now, the ‘titanic formless phallus’ of Ted the Titan is already fading.
We were lucky enough to make it to the spectacle last night at the height of the bloom (images with ‘sprocket holes’ link to video). Check beneath the fold
Yes, it smelled pretty horrid, but that just seemed to draw in curious hordes of humans like so many giant wingless carrion flies, with cameras. In fact considering the role of pollinator for these greenhouse specimens has been adopted by humans, the comparison may be apt.
Sex and death, two things humans just can’t get enough of even when it’s simulated putrescine and artificial pollination. Especially on a warm spring night.
The strange contraption attatched to the spadix is a thermometric device for measuring the astonishing thermal energy produced by the plant. This heat helps to spread the stench and bring in more fly pollinators.
POSTSCRIPTO: UCONN’s titan opened on Friday, and Gustavus Adolphus’ “Perry” is in full bloom right now, check the above links for latest info/pics. You can relive Tom’s odorous oddysey with this wicked timelapse video.