Corpse Flower | Cairns Botanical Gardens
The Corpse Flower at Cairns Botanic Gardens show off the rare Titan Arum, like the one that bloomed in Mount Lofty Botanic Garden in Adelaide. The brief showing attracting hundreds of people and creates long queues of visitors. The famous brief bloom only lasts 24 hours.
The rainforest flower, listed as endangered, is on the verge of unfurling at Cairns Botanic Gardens.
While the fragrance can be foul and smelling like something dead, hence the name corpse, the large bloom is truly amazing to see up close! The unpleasant odour serves an important purpose as ” It attracts carrion-eating beetle sand flies that pollinate the plant.”
The Corpse Flower at the Cairns Botanic Garden can be found on Collins Avenue, Edge Hill.
The Cairns Botanic Gardens can be accessed by public transport from the city (Sunbus) or by car (ample street parking available), by bicycle or on foot.
Entry is FREE and the Gardens are open from 7.30am to 5.30pm every day of the year.
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A Titan Arum, otherwise known as the corpse flower, like the one that may bloom in Cairns shortly. Photo: Justin McManus
Thanks to the Brisbane Times for the info.