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.
It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s….’fragrant.' The corpse flower is in full bloom today, so we’re keeping the doors open until 10 p.m. for you to come catch it. Learn more about the plant and tonight’s Corpse Flower Happy Hour: https://t.co/52ZUNHebsw pic.twitter.com/JCxVWLbq6m— New York Botanical Garden (@NYBG) June 27, 2018
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.