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Famous blossom pops up at abandoned Bay Area gas station, attracts audiences

May 18, 2021Updated: May 18, 2021 5:28 p.m.File photo of a titan arum, also known as the corpse flower, in full bloom.Alex WongIt’s not often a crowd of people gathers at an abandoned gas station to gawk at and smell a nonnative flower. OK, that never happens.  But it did this week in Alameda, when a…

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File photo of a titan arum, also known as the corpse flower, in full bloom.

File photograph of a titan arum, also called the corpse flower, in full bloom.

Alex Wong

It’s not often a crowd of people gathers in an abandoned gas station to gawk at and smell a nonnative blossom. OK, that never happens. 

But it did this week in Alameda, if a nearby nursery owner dragged his very infrequent corpse flower to some place where the public could get a good view. 

KGO reported a line stretched halfway down the block to catch a glimpse of the giant flower at the corner of Santa Clara Avenue and Oak Street. It typically takes seven to 10 years for the flower to bloom, and it only lasts a few days.

Its owner, Solomon Leyva, wanted to discuss it with the community. “It produces a tree-like looking plant with a really wide canopy,” Leyva informed KGO. “It produces it over and over every year until the bulb has sort of enough energy for it to bloom. This can take 10 years, this can take 15, this can take 20.”

A titan arum — otherwise known as the”corpse flower” — has a distinctive look with a stem that can develop to 15 feet tall. What it’s most known for, though, is its amazing smell, which may be smelled from around half a mile off.

The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers has its own corpse blossoms, together with the previous one flowering in 2020. The greenhouse typically extends its hours to accommodate an influx of visitors during that time. 

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