Rare, foul-smelling ‘corpse flower’ blooms in NYC

It's blooming for the first time in 10 years

An Amorphophallus titanum begins to bloom at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), Thursday, July 28, 2016, in New York. The rare plant releases scent during its brief 24–36-hour peak, like the smell of rotting flesh, the reason the plant is popularly known as the corpse flower. It is the first time since 1939 that the NYBG has displayed a blooming titan-arum. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — A foul smelling plant known as the “corpse flower” is finally blooming at the New York Botanical Garden in New York City.

An Amorphophallus titanum begins to bloom at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), Thursday, July 28, 2016, in New York. The rare plant releases scent during its brief 24–36-hour peak, like the smell of rotting flesh, the reason the plant is popularly known as the corpse flower. It is the first time since 1939 that the NYBG has displayed a blooming titan-arum. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
An Amorphophallus titanum begins to bloom at the New York Botanical Garden, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Visitors were waiting in line more than an hour to see the rare bloom. It started emerging Thursday afternoon after more than 10 years of growth.

It’s native to Sumatra’s equatorial rain forests and emits an odor like rotting flesh while it’s briefly in bloom.

It’s one of the largest flowers on earth and can reach 6 feet in height. It emits the stench to attract pollinators.

The bloom at its peak only lasts about 24 to 36 hours — and it could be years before the flower blooms again.

Comments are closed.