Flower That Smells Like Rotting Flesh Is Now In Bloom

James Johnson - Author

Sep. 16 2013, Updated 6:44 a.m. ET

A flower that smells like rotting flesh has begun to enter full bloom.

The giant flower, which is typically found only in the rainforest, is referred to as the Corpse Flower.

Visitors to the US Botanic Garden next to the Capitol were treated to the plant’s exotic smell when it bloomed on Sunday afternoon.

Because the flower only smells like rotting flesh when in bloom, officials at the Botanical Gardens had been offering extended viewer hours for the last week.

According to scientists, the flower’s odor attracts insects that are typically drawn to rotting flesh.

If you happen to live in the area or you are visiting, you can catch the “peak smell” for the flower early Monday morning. The flower is expected to smell like an episode of HBO’s Dexter for the next one to two days.

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If you are a follower of flowers, the official scientific name for the corpse flower is titan arum.

The corpse flower can be found in the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Researchers discovered the rotten flesh flower in 1878.

I’m not sure why anyone would actually want to smell rotting flesh or how they would compare the real thing, but to each their own.

Do you have any interest in smelling the titan arum when in full bloom?


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