The Corpse Flower

Going back to my natural history roots here. I was asked by Dunedin City Council to shoot the flowering event of their Amorphophallus titanium or corpse flower. A native of East Sumatra, this rare plant blooms for just a couple of days, giving off the scent of rotting flesh to attract pollinating flies and carrion beetles. It’s the first time such a flower has bloomed in Dunedin and the southernmost flowering in the world. Congratulations to the staff of Dunedin Botanic Gardens for nurturing the corm for several years and getting it to burst into life.

And so, about 100,000 frames later, here’s my time lapse video of the event.  Enjoy.



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