Rare, Nasty Flower About to Bloom At NY Botanical Gardens [LIVE CAM]
A very foul smelling flower is about to make it's mark in New York City.
NBC NY is reporting that the rare Corpse Flower (Titan arum, or Amorphophallus titanum,) is set to bloom in the next couple of days at the famous New Yrok Botanical Gardens. It is quite as rare sight, as each plant takes about seven to ten years to bloom.
Even when it's finally bloomed, it will only stay open for a couple of days.
Maybe it's for the best. There is good reason the plant is known as a Corpse Flower. The plant is known to release an odor, that is supposed to attract pollinators, that has been described as smelling like everything from rotting meat, to sweaty socks, to cheese, and even CRAP.
The Corpse Flower can grow to be over ten feet, and is found in the wild only in the rainforests of Sumatra.
Some folks who may have visited the Botanical Gardens, at one point, may have taken a liking to the giant, foul thing. The Corpse Flower was even once named as the official flower of the Bronx in 1939...a title that lasted until 2000.