The corpse flowers recently sprouted in various locations throughout the United States, including Bloomington, Indiana; Sarasota, Florida; Washington DC .; St. Louis and New York. Following a Wall Street Journal report, some called this unusual turnout "an omen."
But exactly how "unusual" is it?
The University of Wisconsin-Madison reported in 2008 that 157 corpse flower buds had been recorded since 1889. That study showed a definite increase in flowering recorded from the mid-1990s onwards. For example, in 1996 - despite spreading between Germany and the UK - four outbreaks were first recorded in the same year. . In 2007, nine flowers sprouted in the United States within a three-month period.
The Royal Kew Botanic Gardens in the UK note on their website: We now have a large number of plants; these buds have become commonplace, we've seen more titan arums blooms in Kew in the last six years than in the past 120 years. "
It may be that more corpse flowers are now offered in botanical gardens in the United States, as these often attract visitors and appear more frequently in the news.
Kew also notes that his gardeners now understand better about this flower and therefore tend to it more skillfully, making it bud more frequently, although this remains unpredictable.
Daniel Janzen, a biology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, told the Wall Street Journal that plants can flower at the same time if they are related. However, botanists are unsure of the exact origins of the recent outbreaks, so the explanation was not confirmed.
Meanwhile, the so-called "bad omen" flower has inspired headlines and sparked various comments. For example, Jessie Guy-Ryan of Atlas Obscura asked, "Is it really that far-fetched to suggest that the Titan arums of the world decided to flourish en masse to teach humanity a foul lesson?"
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