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Dr. Z
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Sep 13 Dr. Z commented on Mayor Ed Murray Issues Rhyming Dr. Seuss Proclamation About Corpse Flower.
The epithet "Corpse Flower" was coined when the first titan arum bloomed in cultivation in 1889 in Kew Gardens. That warm, enclosed closed space had Victorian-era air circulation. I can only imagine the reek. It must have drawn half the flies in London.

Sep 13 Dr. Z commented on Mayor Ed Murray Issues Rhyming Dr. Seuss Proclamation About Corpse Flower.
@9: it probably won't ever be all that noticible because arboretum buildings generally recirculate the air to prevent buildup of mold and mildew. In the titan arum's native rain forest environment the air is very still, which gives the stench a chance to build up over the week or so when the plant is blooming.
Sep 13 Dr. Z commented on Mayor Ed Murray Issues Rhyming Dr. Seuss Proclamation About Corpse Flower.
@4: it's a matter of understanding and appreciating what you're looking at. Blooms of the titan arum are so rare and special and spectacular that there is a wikipedia site devoted to listing them. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_p…

The titan arum is one of the world's largest flowers. Technically, it's the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. This rare flower is sort of the botanical equivalent to a solar eclipse. The plant is native to deep rain forests of Indonesia. Because the forest is so dense and the flowers are so rare, the plant uses smell to attract pollinators hense the designation "corpse flower." In cultivation it's generally kept in a large room like Kew Gardens, so the smell is dispersed. In its native setting it smells like a million dead polecats.

Go and see it. It's like being able to say you saw a comet or an extremely rare bird. Appreciate what you are seeing, for it will soon be gone.
Sep 13 Dr. Z commented on Mayor Ed Murray Issues Rhyming Dr. Seuss Proclamation About Corpse Flower.
There are a few plants that attract flies as pollinators. Is it helicodiceros muscivorus? (the dead horse arum lily.) That's not so rare or worthy of a proclamation. On the other hand, if it's amorphophallus titanum (the titan arum) then I'd throw on my shoes and head straight away for the conservatory.
Sep 5 Dr. Z commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Son-in-Law.
Unless they are gay ex-Mormons, in which case their mental age reverts to about 10.
Sep 5 Dr. Z commented on Gay Family Asks For Help.
Is there a paper version of the form?
Sep 4 Dr. Z commented on Same-Sex Marriage Bans in WIsconsin and Indiana Declared Unconstitutional.
And in record time, too. Posner is widely respected and this will carry a lot of weight.
Aug 29 Dr. Z commented on Cyclist Killed on 2nd Avenue.
@50: well, you could learn how other bike-friendly cities have solved problems exactly like this, or you can enjoy pretending that Seattle is a special snowflake. It's entirely up to you.
Aug 29 Dr. Z commented on Cyclist Killed on 2nd Avenue.
BTW, it sounds like this dangerous intersection needs a Ghost Bike.

http://www.oregonlive.com/living/index.s…
Aug 29 Dr. Z commented on Cyclist Killed on 2nd Avenue.
@45: as to whether riding on the sidewalk is legal, that depends on local law. Portland has been recognized as the best (or one of the best) bike cities in the country for many years running; and here it is illegal to ride on the downtown sidewalks. (We also have traffic detectors sensitive enough to pick up bicycles.) I get that it's not a perfect world and sometimes you really have no choice but to ride on the sidewalk, but it's far from a good solution.
 
 

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