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Rare, Stinky "Corpse Flower" Blooms, Garden Stays Open Late for Special Smellings

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Missouri Botanical Garden
It's weird looking and smells bad. What a flower!
A flower that blooms only once every few years to emit a smell like death's dirty socks just opened its lettucelike petals at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Garden staff and stinky-flower enthusiasts have been waiting patiently all weekend for the Amorphophallus titanum to unfurl for the first time since 2012. It finally unfurled Monday afternoon.

Since the flower's rather unfloral smell only lasts less than a day, Missouri Botanical Garden has extended its Monday hours. Visitors can smell the stench at a special evening viewing from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Last entry is 1:30 a.m.) through the Linnean Plaza gates to the east of the garden's main visitor entrance.

See also: Foul-Stinking Flower Blooms at UMSL

The Missouri Botanical Garden has eight of the Indonesian plants, also known as titan arum or the corpse flower, but only been three flowers have bloomed in the last two years. Worldwide, scientists have recorded fewer than 160 blooms total in the 120 years since discovering the plant.

The titan arum uses its off-putting scent to attract the flies and carrion-eating beetles that pollinate it. The blooms can grow more than six feet tall and three feet wide. Only a few U.S. gardens keep them, including the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory in Washington, D.C., and the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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24 comments
Anya Penly
Anya Penly

I've smelled this before back in the early 2000s. It has a special aroma to say the least.

Kathy Powell
Kathy Powell

I met this plant at Kew in London, Phew!

Marc D McNew
Marc D McNew

No way would I go why do people put yourself through this just to say oh I went and smelled that rotten plant. No thanks

Tina Wibb
Tina Wibb

I'll pass cause I smell Scotts stinky socks a couple times a week so... I'm good for now !

Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh

It's free and there's still time to go until 1:30 am. Lots of people showing up. Over 700 had been through when I got there.

Keith Poole
Keith Poole

I have seen one of these and they indeed do stink!

Debbie Spurgeon
Debbie Spurgeon

Brianna Lynn Long you should go smell this tonight for me.

Kelly Hawkins
Kelly Hawkins

I've walked past the one in DC, I didn't know we had one here.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

smells like typical rotten southside barcunt

Stephen Mennemeyer
Stephen Mennemeyer

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japarker
japarker

Is it free to cone see it?

japarker
japarker

Is it free to come see it?

japarker
japarker

Is it free to come see it?

Kathy Rae
Kathy Rae

wow blooming at the same time as Audrey at Selby Gardens - Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Julia West
Julia West

Kathy -- time for you to visit again!

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