The 'corpse flower' that smells like rotting flesh is finally blooming
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:
The 'corpse flower' bloomed in Denver last year. Watch below: