Exotic Plant That Has Never Flowered in Cultivation About to Bloom at S.F. State
|A Klattia partita, photographed atop a remote South African peak|
Now Grantham's Klattia partita is about to bloom -- which is something of a horticultural achievement.
|Martin Grantham and the corpse flower|
San Francisco's cool, foggy weather patterns, however, turned out to be remarkably similar to those atop a remote South African mountain.
The two-foot-tall plant is a cousin of the iris. Grantham hopes its purplish-black flowers will be visible in this week or the next.
If so, it'd be a second notable blooming at the San Francisco State greenhouse in recent months. Last summer, the school's corpse flower had a coming-out party. The pending bloom, undoubtedly, would be a less pungent affair, if no less momentous.