Corpse flower blooms at DC Botanic Garden

Corpse flower blooms at DC Botanic Garden
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 9:28am

It smells like rotting flesh, but that isn't stopping the crowds from flocking to see the rare blooms of the corpse flower in Washington.

The plant, called Titan Arum, is on display at the US Botanic Garden Conservatory.

It opened its petals Sunday afternoon and will only bloom for up to 48 hours before collapsing.

And it might not open again for several more years.

The flowers, native to Indonesia, don't have a yearly blooming cycle.

The last Titan Arum to bloom at the DC Garden was in 2007.

This one is part of a collection of 14 corpse flowers at the DC Garden, rarely on display.

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