A little over a week ago, the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) at New York Botanical Garden bloomed while on display for the first time since 1939!
While it gets its name from the potent odor it emits while blooming, seeingthe spectacular flower blossom is worth the few moments holding your breathe. The flower blooms over the course of 24- to 36-hours, after which the smell disappears, it closes back up, and it topples over. This flower, which can grow to be over 10-feet-tall, can take up to a decade or more to grow before it finally blooms. So…it’s kind of a big deal.
If you didn’t get to see the flower bloom in the Palm Dome of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and if you also missed the live feed on youtube, the NYBG has released a one-minute time lapse of the gorgeous flower springing to life.
featured image source: New York Botanical Gardens