Titan-mania has reached a fever pitch in Washington. Ok, not really, but it certainly is a refreshing change from the same old, mood-bruising stories that happen here.
The Washington Post kicked off the excitement with their piece in Monday’s paper. Someone in the know said the exotic plant was supposed to spread its flowers and release the stinky smell by Tuesday. More than 40,000 hopefuls have passed by, a number not seen by Botanic Garden staff. On-line more than 200,000 have clicked on the live cam.
It’s now Thursday morning and although the plant continues to grow, there’s been no sign of action.
As we wait for the big moment, let’s look at some of the terms associated with this plant (thank you wiki writers).
Corm - a rounded thick modified underground stem base bearing membranous or scaly leaves and buds and acting as a vegetative reproductive structure.
Tubercule - A small rounded projecting part or outgrowth
Titan arum probably won’t make the Post’s top ten stories for 2013 but check back nine months later. It sure is steamy in Washington right now...