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Houston — By Christina Uticone on August 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm
Filed under: botany, Events, featuredarticle, museum

Photo Friday: Funkwatch Finale at HMNS

If you had been following my “Funkwatch” series, you will want to know that Lois – the corpse flower that kept Houstonians on the edge of our seats during her multi-week blooming process – has gone into a dormancy period.  I was thrilled to be invited to see her one last time at a special re-potting ceremony at the Houston Museum of Natural Science yesterday.  I took photos and notes during the short presentation, during which Lois was removed from her old home and placed into a new one.  This is where she will live while she grows a new leaf, drops it, and repeats that process many times, until she blooms again.  No one knows when – five, six years? – but I, for one, will miss her.

Downtown Houston from the HMNS roof.

The HMNS greenhouse is located on the roof of the building, so we had a beautiful view of the city to keep us occupied while we waited for Lois to appear.  The staff put up a large tent/canopy which saved us from the hot Houston sun.

Other examples of amorphophallus plants.

A display of plants were used as examples of what Lois will look like when she sprouts a leaf in the coming months.  The seed on the table is approximately the size that Lois was when she arrived at the HMNS.

Horticulturist Zac Stayton introduces the staff who make Lois - and all the HMNS plant-action - happen.

Museum horticulturist Zac Stayton (or as I like to call him “Hunkflower Zac”) shot to fame during Lois’ Houston appearance, acting as spokesperson and educator.

Lois: Unplugged.

Lois was removed from her old container and measured for the crowd: 39″ circumference, 13″ diameter, and 23 lbs. (she’s lost 7 lbs. during the blooming and dormancy process).

It's never polite to tell a lady's weight. And in public no less.

The press was in full force, and the photographers and cameramen clamored for the best view at each re-potting turn.

"Lois, over here!"

Poor Lois is a mere memory now, but I look forward to visiting her again down the road (literally and figuratively, since I live about two blocks from the museum).  Her departure has left Houstonians wondering “What now?” so next week I’ll bring you a piece on current and upcoming exhibits at the Houston Museum of Natural Science that will undoubtedly fill the hole of sadness Lois’ departure has created.  Adieu, Lois!  Adieu!

The corpse of a corpse flower.

Photos from the personal collection of Christina Uticone and Joshua Payne.

Tags: botany, Events, featuredarticle, museum

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