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Carolus: Spadix collapsing

Overnight, the tip of Carolus’s spadix tipped over as it continues to dry down. (That’s entirely normal and expected.) There’s still a bit of the arum’s trademark aroma lingering. Stop by Minns Garden (map) for a look.

Carolus's spadix tipped over.

Carolus’s spadix tipped over.

 

Carolus: No longer (as) stinky

Carolus Wednesday morning at 7 a.m.

Carolus Wednesday morning at 7 a.m.

‘Wee Stinky’– one of two flowering-sized Titan arums in the Conservatory’s collection — towering in its vegetative stage in the Palm House near the doorway to the Student House.

‘Wee Stinky’– one of two flowering-sized Titan arums in the Conservatory’s collection — towering in its vegetative stage in the Palm House near the doorway to the Student House.

After putting on a stinky show for visitors to Minns Garden (map) on Tuesday, Carolus has lost most of it’s stink.

The Titan arum reached peak bloom outside early Tuesday morning. The spathe — dancing in the breeze — dried down steadily as the day progressed and is nearly totally desiccated this morning.

But the spadix is still standing and will likely stay upright for at least a few days. It’s hard to know for sure because this is the first time we’ve ever done this outside.

If you stop by for a look, you can also visit Carolus’s sibling Wee Stinky in full leaf touring into the rafters of the nearby Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory.  Conservatory hours at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. most weekdays.

Carolus looking good — and still stinky

We weren’t sure how Carolus would respond to cool Ithaca temperatures. But the spathe unfurled fully and the Titan arum continues to emit its carrion-like odor to attract pollinators. Stop by Minns Garden (map) today for an up-close look — and smell.

An early morning photo shoot.

An early morning photo shoot.

Carolus getting stinky

It’s not as powerful as inside. But Carolus is definitely starting to stink and draw in flies. Spathe has continued to unfurl.

A peek inside.

A peek inside.

Carolus opening tonight

Carolus this afternoon, just minutes before starting to open.

Carolus this afternoon, just minutes before starting to open.

A little before 4 p.m. this afternoon, Carolus started showing signs that tonight might be the night. Now, we’re confident that it is.

We’re anxiously watching to see whether or not it will bloom with the same vigor that our Titan arums have bloomed inside the controlled confines of the Conservatory and Kenneth Post Lab Greenhouses during previous flowerings. Or have the chilly Ithaca temperatures (compared to Sumatra) taken its toll on Carolus’s energy reserves. Time will tell whether or not the spathe will unfurl fully and how the stench will compare with earlier flowerings.

We’re also anxious to see what carrion-loving pollinators will be attracted by Carolus’s odor.

Stop by Minns Garden to join the fun. Map.

Parking on campus is restricted most weekdays during the day. But most lots near Minns Garden are unrestricted after 5 p.m. Please observe parking regulation signs.

During the day, the nearest public metered lot is the Peterson Lot at the corner of Tower Road and Judd Falls Road, across from Stocking Hall and the Cornell Dairy Bar.

Carolus less than an hour later, with the spathe pulling back from the spadix.

Carolus less than an hour later, with the spathe pulling back from the spadix.