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Interview: The University of Tennessee's Amorphophallus Titanum (It's a Plant)

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Amorphaphallus titanum, also known as The Corpse Flower. Jeff and Kaitlin have nicknamed it Rotty Top.

Something very special is happening on the University of Tennessee campus. Jeff Martin, Greenhouse Manager, and Kaitlin Palla, Assistant Greenhouse Manager and lecturer, of UT’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department are waiting for the event to unfold on the fourth floor of the Hesler Biology Building. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with them about what's going on. 

 
Rotty Top Live! (You can watch it bloom via live feed)
UTK Biology Greenhouse Instagram

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Yellow male pollen (above) and purple female flowers (below)

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Kaitlin Palla and Jeff Martin of UT's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department
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Friday July 30, 10:30am

Chrissy is WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She has been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally fills in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and has won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.