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Visit SF State's corpse flower - viewing hours extended

July 2, 2009 -- The public is invited to view -- and smell -- SF State's giant corpse flower at the University greenhouse which will be open for visits on Thursday, July 2. The corpse flower, or Titan Arum, is famous for its death-like stench and its huge central flower structure. The plants, which grow in the wild only in Indonesian rainforests, flower on an unpredictable schedule, once enough energy has been accumulated, and bloom for only a 24 to 48 hour period. SF State's corpse flower is expected to bloom in the next few days.

Photograph of the corpse flower in SF State greenhouse

SF State's corpse flower in the new greenhouse..

The plant is growing in the University's new state-of-the-art greenhouse. The twelve-room facility houses cool humid, warm humid and arid plant collections and supports cutting-edge research in rain forest conservation, drought resistance, native California plants such as the Manzanita and pollination biology.

The greenhouse will be open to the public on Thursday, July 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tours will be available and admission is free.

The greenhouse is located north of Hensill Hall on SF State's main campus and can be found on the campus map at: http://www.sfsu.edu/~sfsumap/

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-- Elaine Bible


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