Botanics left red-faced as plant fails to blossom
The institution has been waiting eight years for its giant “corpse flower” to bloom and confidently predicted the event would happen this summer – the first time ever in Scotland.
So sure were staff, they printed T-shirts and set up a webcam, and even prepared to borrow a thermal imaging camera from the fire brigade to monitor the flower at night.
But all the 154kg monster produced was a giant, spindly leaf.
It is hoped that the plant will flower next time around which will be around March 2013.