ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - That stinky flower known as the corpse flower is once again sending its foul odor through the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
But, to officials at the garden its the sweet smell of success because fewer than 160 of the plant known as titan arum have bloomed worldwide in the nearly 120 years since its discovery in Sumatra, but at the Botanical Garden a second plant is in bloom in just two months.
On these rare occasions the plant sends up one long rolled-up leaf that unfurls in a three week period. The giant flower opens quickly, often in just a few hours and sends out what garden officials describe as an intense foul odor that lasts for just a few days.
Botanical garden officials say the corpse flower is ready for viewing and photo ops, but you’d better hurry because when the flower dies it will be a leaf for a couple of years and then will go dormant for up to another year.
You can view the Corpse Flower on the Amorphophallus Titanum plant from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.