New Corpse Flower At HMNS Needs A Name

About a year ago, the city was all abuzz about Lois — the Corpse Flower at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Lois attracted thousands of visitors, as it bloomed into a smelly curiosity. Well, there's now a second Corpse Flower at the museum. And, as David Pitman reports, curators want the public to give it a name.


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The newer corpse flower showed up at the HMNS about six months ago.  The museum received it as a donation, after all the attention Lois attracted.

Museum horticulturist Zac Stayton says this flower is probably about half Lois' age.  That means it needs a few more years before going into its full, majestic, stinky bloom.

"It would be capable of blooming after about seven years.  So we think in another three-to-four years, it's capable of blooming.  Now, is it going to bloom 100 percent?  We don't know"

In the meantime, the museum is asking for people to submit their ideas for what the flower should be named.

"This little corpse flower is putting up a new leaf, and we thought what better time than now to let everyone see it, let them know it's here. And, also, to put their two cents as to what they think it should be called." 

Right now, the only way to see the flower is through pictures on the Museum of Natural Science blog.  That's where submissions for a name will be accepted through Friday.  Voting on finalists begins next Monday with a winner to be chosen on the 25th.  Stayton says the corpse flower will go on display in about a month, once it finishes budding a four-foot-long leaf. 

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