Rare ‘corpse flower’ that smells like ‘rotting flesh’ blooms after 9 years in Australia

The rare corpse flower which lasts only 48 hours is now open to the public at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, outside Adelaide.

Ryan Ramgobin@ryanramgobin
Tuesday 29 December 2015 15:07
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Rare ‘corpse flower’ that smells like ‘rotting flesh’ blooms after 10 years in Australia

At least 10,000 people have flocked to the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden today to catch a scent of the worst-smelling flower in the world.

The rare six-foot Amorphophallus titanium, commonly known as the corpse flower – because of its repugnant smell, finally bloomed on Monday after being planted in 2006.

The flower blooms every 1,000 days and only lasts a maximum of 48 hours before it collapses in on itself.

Rare ‘corpse flower’ that smells like ‘rotting flesh’ blooms after 9 years in Australia

The video above is the first timelapse footage of the flower.

Matt Coulter, a horticulture curator at the garden, told ABC News: "When I opened the door this morning it almost knocked me over, it was so strong."

"I almost had to stop myself from throwing up it was so bad. Until you have actually experienced it, it is the first time I've actually smelt it; it's like nothing else."

"It's fantastic. I didn't think it would ever flower.”

The garden is staying open until 6pm today to fulfil the overwhelming demand of people to see the plant.

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