What’s That Smell? Corpse Flower Set to Bloom at U.S. Botanic Garden

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Visitors to the U.


Botanic Garden in Washington, D.


are about to experience something truly revolting, as the corpse flower is expected to bloom over the weekend, releasing an odor that's been described as comparable "to the stench of rotting flesh.

" The corpse flower, or Amorphophallus titanium, releases a stench when it blooms that's been described as a "combination of garlic, fish, diapers, and rotting meat.

" If you want to catch a glimpse — or more likely a smell — you better act quickly.

Corpse flowers typically bloom for just 24 to 48 hours.

What's more, corpse flowers have highly unpredictable bloom cycles, only gracing us with their putrid smell once every several years or even several decades.

Considered one of the largest flowers in the world, the corpse flower can grow up to 12 feet tall and live for up to 40 years in its natural habitat of Sumatra, Indonesia.

For NewsBeat Social, from Washington D.


at the United States Botanic Garden, I'm Caitlin Mangum.

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