The 'corpse flower' that smells like rotting flesh is finally blooming

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Corpse Flower To Bloom

New York City is about to get a lot smellier. The Amorphophallus titanum, known to many as the 'corpse flower,' is expected to bloom on Friday, July 29 at the New York Botanical Garden. The NYBG describes this rare plant as a "horticultural jewel 10 years in the making."

"Each day of careful tending and feeding has led up to this moment: a brief yet glorious window in which the enormous plant (up to 8 feet high) will unfurl, displaying the striking red interior and uncanny scent to which it owes its name," the NYBG writes on its website.

Not only does the plant have one of the largest inflorescences in the world but when it blooms it also releases its infamous odor that smells like rotting flesh, giving the plant the name 'corpse flower.'

The flowering cycle is only expected to last 24–36 hours, so the New York Botanical Gardens says Friday, July 29 is the best day to see and smell the flower.

If you're unable to catch the bloom in person, the NYBG is lives streaming the event here.

See photos of the Amorphophallus titanum below:

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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 24â36-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 (NYBG), Thursday, July 28, 2016, in New York. The rare plant releases scent during its brief 24â36-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 (NYBG), Thursday, July 28, 2016, in New York. The rare plant releases scent during its brief 24â36-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)
People walk near an Amorphophallus titanum which 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 24â36-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 (NYBG), Thursday, July 28, 2016, in New York. The rare plant releases scent during its brief 24â36-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)
The petals of a rare Corpse flower about to unfurl, left, sit beside the non-flowering version of the plant, right, inside the Haupt Conservatory, Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the New York Botanical Garden in New York. According to the garden, the species, which is native to Sumatra, Indonesia, last bloomed there in 1939. When the petals open, they are only open for a brief 24 to 36-hour window when the plant releases a pungent scent like rotting flesh to attract flies and other pollinators, hence the name. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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The 'corpse flower' bloomed in Denver last year. Watch below:
Corpse Flower Blooms in Denver

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