Rare Corpse Flower

Rare Corpse Flower: Watching a flower bloom is a beautiful experience, but it’s not normally something you would wait in line to see. The exception is corpse flowers, one of which is set to bloom at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh any day now.

The unique plant is one of the rarest on the planet, and it’s the largest flower in the world not attached to a branch. Properly known as Amorphophallus titanum, the corpse flower gets its moniker from the pungent smell it emits once it blooms. The plant also changes color to blood red — resembling meat — and increases its temperature to make the odor spread even further. Lovely.

Rare Corpse Flower, which blooms every three to seven years, is currently on display at Phipps, and the conservatory has announced that it will remain open until midnight nightly until the plant blooms. (The last time this happened at Phipps, in 2013, the exhibit attracted 12,000 visitors in just two days.) The fascinating plant is said to be growing up to 6 inches per day. Once it opens, the flower will remain that way — and give off its infamous stench — for a mere 12–48 hours.

For botany buffs who can’t make it to Pittsburgh, the conservatory has set up a camera for live streaming:

Rare Corpse Flower

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