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If you’re in the NY area, this might be something to check out at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden – as MAKE 07 ships, we’ll have a lot of “Backyard Biology” posts, articles and events – “The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is one of the world’s most remarkable plants. Native to tropical forests in Sumatra, it produces a monstrous four- to seven-foot-tall flower head, which releases a monstrous stench of putrefaction at peak bloom (another name for the plant is the corpse flower!). The species rarely flowers in cultivation–the last time one bloomed in New York was 1939. However, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s ten-year-old specimen has recently begun to flower. It’s expected to reach full bloom at the end of the second week of August. “Link.


  • Titan Arum Blooming 2005 Live Video Broadcast – Link.
  • MAKE 07 – Backyard Biology – Hack your plants, extract your DNA, 70’s soapbox saga, build a videocam rocket, and head-mounted water cannon. readers get an additional $5 off (USD)! – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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