Smell familiar? Another rare corpse flower is blooming at CSULB

Cal State Long Beach apparently has a hidden wealth of massive stinky flowers.

For the second time in just a few weeks, a rare corpse flower is set to bloom at the campus.

If you missed getting a whiff of Phil when he was finally coaxed open at the beginning of June, you can hurry over to CSULB’s math and science department today to smell Laura.

The two flowers are known as Titan Arum, a rare species that usually blooms every seven to 10 years.

Phil the corpse flower, that just bloomed at Cal State Long Beach, Sunday, June 2, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Laura bloomed relatively recently back in 2015, but she apparently got tired of Phil, “hogging the attention,” CSULB quipped this week.

“Completely unexpected, Laura is showing signs blooming years ahead of schedule,” the campus said in a statement. “Her spathe ruffle is revealing a burgundy that is deepening in color to a more chocolate shade. The spadix is also showing the indentations that Phil did right before he bloomed in early June.”

We know you probably have corpse flower fatigue at this point, but this really could be your last chance to see one blooming at CSULB for years. Laura and Phil are the only two Titan Arum at the campus.

Want to smell Laura? The campus says she will be displayed in the corridor between the Hall of Science and Molecular and Life Sciences Center buildings between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. The campus is at 1250 Bellflower Blvd. in Long Beach.

For more about Laura, parking information and a map, visit CSULB’s website. You can also monitor Laura’s progress on the math and science department’s twitter account: @CSULBSciMath.

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