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‘Corpse Flower’ Looks Ordinary. But When It Blooms, Thousands Line Up To Smell Its Death Scent

by Mauricio Castillo
Mauricio has been writing for 11 years and is deeply into movies, sports and anything funny.

Usually, when a bad smell touches your nose, you shy away from it — right?

No one wants to purposefully smell something stinky. Well, unless that stinky something is actually the incredibly rare Amorphophallus titanum, otherwise known as the Corpse Flower.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Corpse Flower, it is a 6′ tall behemoth that got its name due to the horrid stench it unleashes when it blooms. Its ‘death’ scent has been compared to rotting flesh.

The Corpse Flower’s unique smell occurs because the majority of its pollinators aren’t bees, as with other flowers. Instead, the Corpse Flower is pollinated by carrion beetles and flesh flies.

The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, recently received a special surprise when its Corpse Flower finally bloomed. It can take up to 15 years for one to bloom, but, in rare instances, they may bloom once every two to three years.

Sidney Price donated the plant to the conservatory years ago. He was on hand to bear witness to the infamous smell.

And he wasn’t the only one! Thousands of people flocked to the conservatory to catch a whiff of the Corpse Flower.

“You know, you look at all these people lined up to smell something that they hope is going to be the worst smell they’ve ever experienced in their life — it’s a phenomenon!” said Blake Gray in the video below.

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