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Corpse Flower

A rare corpse flower bloomed at the Botanical Garden in New York


NEW YORK, New York (CIRCA) -- A smelly flower in full bloom at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

The Amorphophallus titanum, better known as the "corpse flower," emits a foul odor that is often compared to the stench of rotting flesh. It reached its peak bloom Wednesday and will only bloom for up to two days.

The Corpse flower grows in the wild on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. It has an enormous flower spike and is a deep-red, meaty color that attracts insects that typically feed on dead animals.

Titan-arum blooms are rare and unpredictable. Each plant takes seven to 10 years to store enough energy to bloom for the first time. The corpse flower at the NYBG is 11 years old.

This is the fourth titan-arum to appear in the garden since 1937 Visitors can watch the plant bloom live on the NYBG website here.

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