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Corpse Flower Blooms: One Whiff Tells How It Got Its Name

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An Amorphophallus titanum begins to bloom at the New York Botanical Garden in New York City. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016 10:58 AM

Corpse flowers are suddenly blooming in unity throughout the United States, and people are lining up to experience how one whiff reveals how it got its name.

The tropical plant takes 10 years to develop its first bloom, which lasts only a day or two, emitting an odor that has been compared to rotting flesh, The Washington Post noted. After their first bloom, the plants bloom once every two or three years.

Scientists are stumped about why the plants are blooming at the same time at about a half dozen botanical gardens in the country.

“A few of us are saying, ‘Well, wait a minute, how did six or seven happen all at once?’” Marc Hachadourian, director of the Nolen Greenhouses at the New York Botanical Garden, told the Post.

One of the massive plants that can grow up to 10-feet tall bloomed there on Friday. Others are opening in Bloomington, Ind., St. Louis, Sarasota, Fla., and Washington, D.C., the Post said.

The flower, known in Latin as Amorphophallus titanium, has drawn about 25,000 people to the New York Botanical Garden since July 20, including 7,000 on Friday when the flower fully opened, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"That certainly is phenomenal turnout during traditional summer visitation," spokesman Nick Leshi told the Journal.

The United States Botanic Gardens invited visitors to watch live footage of a corpse flower blooming there on Tuesday, marking the first bloom for the 6-year-old plant.

The plant went on public display July 22 and began opening Tuesday.

Corpse flowers are native to the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. It is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the plant kingdom.

"The inflorescence also generates heat, which allows the stench to travel further," the U.S. Bontanic Gardens said on its website.

 

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