Corpse Flower

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Rare Corpse Flower About To Bloom At New York Botanical Garden

June 23, 2018 - 2:37 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- In case you couldn't get enough of the smell of rotting flesh two years ago, another corpse flower is preparing to bloom at the New York Botanical Garden.

The Amorphophallus titanium is currently bottled up, appearing as a thin green stem, but the outer layers will soon bloom and give way to an overwhelming scent that some describe as “a dirty locker” or “rotting meat.”

A spokesman for the Botanical Garden said the allure of the plant isn’t just its smell but its unpredictability.

“From seed to bloom, it could be a 10-year process,” the spokesman said of the rare phenomenon.

However, if visitors want to go see it, they will have to do so quickly. A corpse flower's bloom only lasts for 24 to 36 hours before its lifecycle is over. Afterwards, it will close up again and then collapse.

It’s not the first time that the flower’s stench with fill New York’s air. In fact, the Botanical Garden has only hosted the plant three times before, twice in the 1930s and once more in 2016.

Visitors are told to be on the lookout as the corpse flower could bloom at any moment within the next week.