Santa Barbara
66° F
Clear
Clear
Santa Maria
50° F
Clear
Clear
San Luis Obispo
53° F
Clear
Clear
Ventura
56° F
Clear
Clear

Rare corpse flower to bloom at UC Santa Barbara

By Claire Scholl, NewsChannel 3 Assignment Editor, assignmentdesk@keyt.com
Victoria Sanchez, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Anchor/Reporter, victoriasanchez@keyt.com
Published On: Jul 23 2013 12:46:41 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2013 01:55:53 PM CDT

Corpse Flower about to bloom at UCSB

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

A large and smelly plant known as the corpse flower is about to bloom at UC Santa Barbara.

It's the most unusual plant in the campus greenhouse.

"It looks like a snap pea!" said one young visitor.

The 7-year-old plant is called Titan arum, or more commonly known as the corpse flower because of its strong aroma.

The flower doesn't smell like anything now but in the next couple days when it blooms, the smell will be so bad, some people say they can't eat for hours afterwards.

"I've been told to expect a combination of decay and excrement," said Danica Taber, UCSB greenhouse manager.

Unlike other flowers that rely on bees for pollination, this one counts on flies. It attracts them with the smell of rotting flesh, and they in turn spread its sticky pollen.

But before that happens, some visitors wanted to see the flower before they could smell it.

"I've never seen something like that before, I grew up in Arizona. We have cacti and almost nothing else," said Dan Nguyen, a UCSB graduate student.

The plant is rare and isn't something you'd find in your backyard.

"No, it's not. It's found in the wild, only on the island of Sumatra," said Taber.

That's what makes this flower extra special. It takes five to seven years before it's ready to bloom. Now it's a waiting game to take the first sniff.

"Kind of like the royal birth here. We don't know when exactly it's going to happen. We just have to wait and see," said Taber.

It could take another couple days for the 4 foot 6 inch plant to bloom, and by then it could grow even more. Overnight, it grew 2 inches and it isn't stopping.

Although the stench will be strong, it will only last a day or two.

To view the live webcam of the plant and for times when you can view the corpse flower, click here.

Comments

The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • fatal_accident_investigation

    Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    3 Dead In Early Morning Accident, Driver Arrested For DUI

    The 101 southbound through Santa Barbara reopened just before 12:30 Monday afternoon as authorities investigate what they say was a deadly two car DUI accident.

  • fuzion_store_business_santa_barbara

    UCSB Group Boycotts Business For Promoting Deltopia

    A UCSB student group is boycotting a local business for creating the Deltopia Facebook page, which they said brought in thousands of outsiders to the small college town.

  • girl_child_coughing_sick_whooping_cough

    Contagious Diseases Making a Comeback in California

    Deadly diseases that were a thing of the past are making a comeback in California.

  • Witnesses to Fatal Crash

    Eyewitnesses See Triple Fatal Crash from Roadside Camp

    A homeless couple watching the freeway from their campsite in Santa Barbara this morning, witnessed the triple fatal accident that took the lives of two teens and a young man.

  • Parents of Mallory Dies Sue Congresswoman, Her Former Aide, and U.S. Government

    The parents of a young Santa Barbara woman killed in a high profile, DUI case are suing Congresswoman Lois Capps, her former aide Raymond Morua, and the U-S government in federal court.

  • State Street Benches Gone

    Benches Removed in Two Block Area of Downtown Santa Barbara

    Benches have been removed in a two block area of State Street between Haley and Ortega Streets in downtown Santa Barbara.  The city says they are being cleaned and repaired.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    DUI Driver in Fatal Early Morning Accident Ordered to Detox Program in 1995

    The Santa Barbara woman arrested for DUI in the early morning accident that left three people dead early Monday morning has a lengthy court record out of Ventura County. Kimberly Kreis, 52, was ordered to serve 30 days in a detox program as far back as 1995.

    The car that Kreis was driving crashed into a disabled Mazda near the Castillo off-ramp of the southbound 101 freeway in Santa Barbara. Two 17 year old North Torrance High School students were killed in the accident- Jessica Leffew and Danielle Murillo. 20 year old Brian Lopez also died in the wreck. The driver of the Mazda, Eric August, is hospitalized in critical condition.

    A NewsChannel 3 investigation found records out of Ventrua County that appear to show that Greis has at least one prior conviction involving drugs and or alcohol, and in 1995 she was ordered to serve 30 days in a Cottage Hospital detox program.

    CHP investigators are still trying to piece together why the Mazda veered right into a guardrail, causing it to flip onto it's roof before coming to rest in the middle of the southbound freeway, which set into motion the deadly accident.

    CHP Officer Jonathan Guiterrez, said "A lot of things could have happened, He could have fallen asleep. We just don't know at this point."

  • Lupita Nyong'o

    REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

    People's 'World's Most Beautiful' list 2014

    People magazine recently named Lupita Nyong'o its "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014. See which other ladies earned a coveted spot on the annual list.

  • Slideshow: Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.