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MEDIA ADVISORY: Public invited to visit blooming corpse flower at SF State greenhouse

Free open house event this weekend for visitors to see and smell corpse flower


SAN FRANCISCO, June 26, 2009 -- The public is invited to view -- and smell -- SF State's giant corpse flower this Sunday and Monday. 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, flowers on an unpredictable schedule and bloom for only a 24 to 48 hour period.

The corpse flower 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 research in rain forest conservation, also drought resistance, native California plants and pollination biology.



Public invited to view the corpse plant and tour the University greenhouse
Admission is free.


Sunday, June 28, 2 to 6 p.m. and Monday, June 29, 2 to 6 p.m.


San Francisco State University's main campus located at 1600 Holloway (at 19th Avenue). The greenhouse is located north of Hensill Hall, just south of Stonestown Mall.
See www.sfsu.edu for directions and map.


The greenhouse is open to the general public.
Media are also invited to attend. Media visits and interviews can be arranged on Friday June 26. Contact Elaine Bible at 415-405-3606 to arrange interviews.

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