Oh, Baby!

We did get to see Baby in all its glory on Friday, in case you lost sleep this weekend wondering. Unfortunately, the flower (actually made up of tiny male and female flowers inside the giant leaf) bloomed early in the morning, so by the time we arrived, the stink had dissipated. We did get one whif of it, and, to be honest, it wasn't nearly as awful as the smell of Artie, the Brooklynite who hogged the attention of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden official there to answer our questions, too, Artie. Jesus.

Anyway, some photos of Baby...

Here's Baby being measured by Mark. As this was Baby's first full bloom ever, it only measured 66.5 inches, about half the height of its potential. However, it was still taller than we are.

Here's Baby being sketched by an artist who has been commissioned to paint a portrait of Baby for the Garden's permanent collection. No, we are not kidding.

Here's Baby being pollinated by Alessandro. Titan arums cannot pollinate themselves, so a small foreigner must be employed to do it.

Bah, bah, Baby! See you in approximately 10 years!

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