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Corpse Flower Blooms at Denver Botanic Gardens

posted: 08/19/15
by: Danny Clemens
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A newly bloomed flower is raising quite a stink at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Literally.

Once bloomed, the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) emits a putrid aroma that assaults even the least sensitive of noses for nearly ten hours.

A. tatanum's stench has been scientifically analyzed and described as a cross between rotting fish, human sweat, cheese and mothballs. The strong scent, which crescendoes during overnight hours and tapers off during the day, attracts a handful of brave creatures that pollinate the flower, paving the way for the next generation of rancid plants.

Under normal circumstances, a stinky flower blooming might not be such a big deal -- the corpse flower, however, requires between 7 and 10 years of growth before its fetid flower flourishes.

The plant's size is also notable: at nearly 10 feet tall, A. titanum sports the tallest unbranched inflorescence (cluster of flowers) of any plant in the world, according to 9News. The plant's leaf structure can grow up to 20 feet tall.

Stench and size aside, the plant's name is our favorite fun fact: Amorphophallus titanum translates roughly to "misshapen giant penis" -- it's easy to see why:

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