Time Lapse Video Shows NYBG's Corpse Flower Single-Day Bloom in Just 40 Seconds

Amorphophallus titanum is a large 6-foot plant which is better known as the corpse flower due to its putrid scent which is not dissimilar to rotting flesh. The plant's smell attracts bugs en-masse, allowing for its pollination over that short period or time. As the flower only blooms for 24-36 hours once-per-year, it can be easy to miss, so the New York Botanical Garden recently released this time-lapse video of this year's bloom, showing the complete cycle in just 40 seconds.

This year's corpse flower bloom was yet another spectacular display of what the world's largest inflorescence—Amorphophallus titanum—can do. Check out this time lapse to see how the scene played out in our Haupt Conservatory.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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