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Wellness & Nature

The Corpse Flower at NYBG is About to Bloom, and it Smells Like Rotting Flesh

By Bianca Bahamondes

The Corpse Flower at NYBG is About to Bloom, and it Smells Like Rotting Flesh
There’s a new corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) being displayed at the New York Botanical Garden  right now, and it’s expected to bloom today after growing for over a decade!

This particular flower, however, has an unusually potent smell. It gets it’s name “corpse flower” from the smell of rotting flesh it emanates when it opens. While that doesn’t exactly sound pleasant, it’s an interesting spectacle to watch considering how long it takes for these flowers to finally bloom, and how beautifully large it is once open. This flower can grow to be over 10-feet tall, and when it blooms the flower looks like one large petal that’s a deep burgundy red in color.

Although the smell is less-than-pleasant, it doesn’t linger long. According to the NYBG, the plant will only release the odor during it’s peak which lasts only 24- to 36-hours.

The last time one bloomed while on display was in 1939!  If you can’t make it to the garden today but still want to keep an eye out for this magical moment, check out the live stream here:

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It is located in the Palm Dome of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

featured image source: NYBG