Something peculiar recently took up residence in The Spheres. An Amorphophallus titanum, better known as a corpse flower, is in the beginning phase of bloom.

The corpse flower usually takes about seven years to produce its first bloom, which only remains open for about 48 hours.

It doesn't have a single flower, but rather a series of small flowers that are exposed when the plant blossoms. It is the largest unbranched flowering structure in the world, and can reach a height of more than nine feet.

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While blooming the corpse flower possesses an odor of rotting flesh, which gives the plant its popular nickname. During this time, it also heats to 98 degrees to help the stench travel farther and attract pollinators.

The corpse flower is native to Sumatra, Indonesia, and is pollinated by flies and carrion beetles.

When not blooming, the corpse flower produces a single leaf that can extend to 15 feet in height and resembles a small tree.

See a previous corpse flower's bloom, also in the Seattle Spheres.

Time-lapse of the blooming of a large plant inside a spherical greenhouse place.
Photo by Dave Quigg
This time-lapse captures nine hours of blooming.
The corpse plant, in a planter, within The Spheres in Seattle, in the background are other green plants.
The corpse plant in The Spheres.
The corpse plant, in a planter, within The Spheres in Seattle, in the background glass panels of The Spheres and apartment buildings.
Close-up shot of the Corpse flower, with leaves that look similar to a head of lettuce unraveling.
A close-up shot of the corpse flower.
The corpse flower as it begins to open, the leaves are beginning to change from green to red. In the background, apartment buildings are seen.
The corpse flower in bloom in The Spheres, shot at night.
Photo by JOHN SA
Close up shot of the inside of the corpse flower.
Photo by JOHN SA