Senryu : a flower by any other smell is still a flower


don’t know dead body’s smell
smells like manure aroma
ten year’s first blossom

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I stood in line for more than an hour to enter the butterfly room which housed the corpse flower.

The smell wasn’t that bad.  I’ve smelt worse driving on the highway passed farmlands graced with fresh manure.  In fact it smelled like manure to me — maybe a few days old, not quite fresh, so the edge was off.  The smell attracts insects and flies to carry the pollen from plant to plant and to drop it low enough into the female flower parts.

I was trying to take a photo of the inside because they said the female flower parts were down there in the center.  I wasn’t tall enough plus I couldn’t get near enough.  I asked a tall guy but he pretty much got the same pics I did. They had yellow tape around the flower — I’m not sure if it was not to block the live feed or to keep the flower by being traumatized by too many visitors too close. Probably the live feed as the yellow tape didn’t go all the way around.  I didn’t realize until I moved to the other side that there was no yellow tape there.

I’ll resize all my photos and throw them up tomorrow (Tuesday) on Cactus Catz in case anyone is interested.  It’ll flower for about 24-48 hours and then it won’t bloom again for another somewhere between two to ten years, depends on the flower.

The live feed at Tucson Botanical Garden is still going on.

12 thoughts on “Senryu : a flower by any other smell is still a flower”

    1. I missed the active blooming part too — stayed up really late and so woke up too late. My sister in Idaho called me to tell me it had bloomed — coming out of a deep slumber, I thought she was telling me her cornflowers had bloomed. I said, that’s nice, and went back to sleep, lol. When I woke up, I thought I didn’t know she was growing corn and then it hit me what she said. I think it’s fun that my sister and her daughters in Idaho was watching a Tucson plant.


        1. I agree. It is wonderful how being able to share across the wires makes the world smaller, more connected. I remember once Amber (in Australia), Winter (in Connecticut) and I (in Arizona) were chatting in Second Life and we got to sharing some songs we liked by pasting urls from you-tube — it was awesome we three were listening to the same songs at the same time although we were in thousands of miles apart.


  1. I remember seeing this phenomenon (maybe on TV?) a few years back.
    I haven’t actually smelled it though. Everything has its own way to live. 🙂


    1. yeah, that’s one good thing about photos — you don’t share the aroma — just the image. I love the purples in the flower.


  2. Well it’s called a corpse flower for a reason. I’ll pass on that smell. I’ve smelled enough real corpses in my working years.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥


    1. yeah, if you’d smelled real ones, I wouldn’t want to revisit those smells either.

      glad your retirement is bringing you much better aromas like the sea air. hOpe you’re having a great day!


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