The rare Amorphophallus titanum, better known as the corpse flower, will be on display at the New York Botanical Garden and is expected to blossom soon.
When the flower blooms it emits a noxious stench often compared to rotting meat. The stinky stalk, once the official flower of the Bronx, only flowers once every 30 years.
The bloom of our Amorphophallus titanum, known to many as the corpse flower, is 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 eight feet high) will unfurl, displaying the striking red interior and uncanny scent to which it owes its name. This is the first time that a blooming titan-arum has been put on display at the Garden since 1939, and this unique plant is unpredictable—it may be in flower for only one or two days.
If you can’t catch the corpse flower’s full malodorous display at the New York Botanical Garden, a live stream of the rare event will be available.