June 17, 2024

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How CSU keeps its corpse flower alive

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You could say Tammy Brenner’s job at Colorado State University is a bit ironic. 

Over the last seven years, part of her job as the plant growth facilities manager is keeping a corpse flower from dying. 

The rare endangered flower, named Cosmo, is set to bloom for the first time in its life around Memorial Day and when it does, the plant will emit a rancid smell not much different from rotting flesh.

“One accidental time I left some chicken in the backseat of my car and I forgot about it. I’m imagining it’s going to smell like that in a few days,” Brenner said.

A purple petal structure rises out of a large, green corpse flower in a Colorado State University greenhouse.
Tammy Brenner holds a tape measure up to the top of a corpse flower's purple petal structure that has yet to open.

Tammy Brener, plant growth facility manager in Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, measures Cosmo, a corpse flower that is getting ready to bloom, on May 22….

Olivia Prentzel

2024-05-24 04:29:00

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