Waiting with bated breath: Stinky corpse flower about to bloom in St. Louis

Waiting with bated breath: Stinky corpse flower about to bloom in St. Louis

Waiting with bated breath: Stinky corpse flower about to bloom in St. Louis

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 6:55 AM

(KMOV) – Officials at the Missouri Botanical Garden are waiting for a rare corpse flower to bloom.

The Amorphophallus titanum, otherwise known as a corpse flower, has only opened less than three dozen times in the entire country’s history.

Garden officials said there’s no way to know for sure when it will bloom, buty they expect it to happen within the next few weeks.

When in bloom, the flower—native to the Indonesian Island of Sumatra—dazzles the eyes and offends the nose.

Experts who have seen one of these flowers bloom in the past describe the smell as a combination of cooking cabbage and the stench of a dead rat in the wall. The purpose of the strong odor is to attract pollinating beetles wanting to lay eggs.

Once it blooms the foul odor will last about a day and a half. 

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