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New York - Rare, Foul-smelling 'corpse Flower' Blooms In New York City

Published on: July 29, 2016 03:02 PM
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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 24–36-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 24–36-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)

New York - A foul smelling plant known as the “corpse flower” is finally blooming at the New York Botanical Garden in New York City.

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The rare blooming began Thursday afternoon after more than 10 years of growth. It’s native to Sumatra’s equatorial rain forests, and emits an odor like rotting flesh while it’s briefly in bloom.

It’s one of the largest flowers on earth and can reach 6 feet in height. It emits the stench to attract pollinators.

The bloom at its peak only lasts about 24 to 36 hours — and it could be years before the flower blooms again.

Two boys survey the water surrounding the rare Corpse flower, one of the earth's largest flowers, which is about to bloom during a brief 24 to 36-hour period, inside the Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in New York. The unusual plant is named for the pungent smell of released by it's enormous inflorescence, which releases a scent that smells like rotting flesh to attract flies. The garden says the last time this species bloomed there was in 1939. This particular plant was ten years in the making. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Two boys survey the water surrounding the rare Corpse flower, one of the earth's largest flowers, which is about to bloom during a brief 24 to 36-hour period, inside the Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in New York. The unusual plant is named for the pungent smell of released by it's enormous inflorescence, which releases a scent that smells like rotting flesh to attract flies. The garden says the last time this species bloomed there was in 1939. This particular plant was ten years in the making. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


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 Jul 29, 2016 at 03:05 PM RebelSheep Says:

Rare doesn't mean good.

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 Jul 29, 2016 at 03:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Hillarys in town?

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 Jul 30, 2016 at 10:25 PM bennyt Says:

Don't blame the corpse smell on the flower. New York City always smells like that.

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