New stinky plant drawing lots of attentionUPDATED 7:13 PM HST Sep 06, 2013Video Transcript
around Foster Garden downtown, it was likely the Corpse Plant that, in the last 24 hours, has bloomed. KITV4's Jill Kuramoto checked out the floral oddity that's creating a buzz. Only the largest single flower plant in the plant kingdom could generate this type of celebrity status. Or this description when you sniff it.... 27:21 FISH... FOR REAL. 27:29 I WAS EXPECTING SOMETHING DEAD SMELLING. LIKE A CORPSE. BUT IT ACTUALLY SMELLED LIKE CUTTLE FISH. 27:36 But the AMORPHOPHA LLUS TITANUM, or Corpse Plant, earns its name for a reason. Just ask Foster Garden horticulturist Scot Mitamura. 29:48 I WAS UP ON AN 8 FOOT LADDER TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS DOWN AND IT WAS LIKE, OH...BAD. BUT IT SMELLS LIKE MAYBE A DEAD RAT 29:56 The plant was at full bloom at midnight. 29:41 YOU COULD SMELL IT FROM THE PARKING LOT FROM MAUNAKEA STREET. 29:43 How'd it get so stinky? Survival! It mimics the smell of dead animals to attract the carrion beetle... And the beetle helps pollinate the plant. 27:52 AH SEE THAT? IT REALLY DOES SMELL... Not the stuff of leis, corsages, or bouquets, The corpse plant blooms every 3 to 5 years. And the scent usually only lasts 48 hours. 26:34 IT SMELLS LIKE A MIXTURE OF BAGONG AND HOMHA. AND IT'S DELICIOUS TO ME. 26:40 IT DOESN'T SMELL LIKE ROTTING MEAT AT ALL. 26:42 27:41 NOW YOU'RE HUNGRY. YES, I'M GOING TO GET SOME CUTTLEFISH AFTER THIS. 27:44 34:29 IF YOU HAVEN'T YET HAD A CHANCE TO TAKE A WHIFF OF THE CORPSE PLANT EXPERTS HERE AT FOSTER GARDEN SAY YOU HAVE PROBABLY ONE MORE DAY TO SEE AND SMELL IT IN ALL ITS GLORY. AT THE VERY ODIFEROUS FOSTER GARDEN, JK KITV4 NEWS.34:44 Here's an interesting fact about the corpse flower -- it's related to taro and is a cousin to the konyac plant... What the Japanese "konnyaku"