Kitty litter. Garbage. An aquarium.
That’s how three visitors described the aroma of the Franklin Park Zoo’s most famous flower Wednesday morning, a smell they had waited half an hour to experience.
After Morticia, the zoo’s “corpse flower,” bloomed last night, after days of anticipation, the zoo held a free viewing session Tuesday two hours before its normal normal opening time. Less than an hour and a half into the viewing, 440 people had made it inside the steamy greenhouse to see and smell the rare plant.
The flower, technically called a amorphophallus titanium, is 4 feet, 9 inches tall. Its large leaves curl away from the brown plant in all directions and are deep purple when viewed from above.