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Tucson Garden Offers Rare Chance To See Corpse Flower Bloom

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 6:44pm
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:15am
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(Photo courtesy Tucson Botanical Garden)
Rosie the corpse plant emerged from dormancy in late March.

One of the world's rarest, largest and foulest flowers will bloom Thursday night at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. It's been a long time coming.

Amorphophallus titanum, better known as the corpse flower for its signature rotting-carcass odor, can take 7-10 years or longer to bloom.

Now, at long last, the blessed day is upon Rosie, as the garden calls its 3-foot-tall plant.

Corpse flowers, which are threatened by habitat loss in their native Sumatra, bloom for 24-36 hours and produce small reddish fruit.

Those who cannot make it to Tucson, or who would like to spare their noses the experience, can view a livestream on YouTube.