'Big Mozy' Blooms in Lehman Greenhouse


Artwork of the corpse flower by Mohammed FayyezThe Lehman College greenhouse was busy on Saturday (9/15) with faculty, students and visitors who came to see and smell "Big Mozy," the College's amorphophallus titanium plant ("corpse flower"). Stories about the plant were broadcast over the weekend on both WNBC-TV and News 12, the Bronx.

"Big Mozy" began to open its petals at 6 p.m. Friday evening and by 11:30 p.m. was emanating its traditional fowl stench. Greenhouse Manager David Cain pollinated the flower at 12:30 a.m. He likened the smell to a two-week-old elephant carcass, adding that by 7 a.m. Saturday, the strong odor had begun to dissipate, taking on the scent of a dead rat. By 6 p.m. Saturday evening, the flower began its decline.

"This was very exciting and based on Saturday's turnout, I think it really grabbed people's attention," says Cain.

With the flowering phase now over, the plant's fruit stalk will begin to grow. The stalk, which can reach up to 7 to 8 feet in height, will sprout cherry tomatoes that will take 6 to 8 months to mature. The fruits will then be harvested and seeds distributed among other college and botanical gardens.
More information is available on the Lehman greenhouses' website.

Last modified: Oct 13, 2011

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