I kept an eye on the Garden's Facebook page for their announcement, and when the news came in this past Saturday that 'Seymour' is flowering, we jumped in the car and drove 2 1/2 hours to take advantage of their extended open hours for this special event.
The plant mimics the color and smell of rotting meat to attract flies and beetles looking to lay their eggs into dead animals. The insects visiting will then unintentionally pollinate the flowers.
The sign says Origin in Western Sumatra, Indonesia. I can't help but wonder what is the size of the insects pollinating this huge flower? (just kidding )
After visiting the outside garden we went back to the observatory for one last look. Seymour looks stunning in the evening light.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota Florida