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This Flower Really Stinks

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It’s known as the corpse flower, and it’s ready to bloom at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens — and that stinks. Because it’s a flower that really smells bad.

Its actual name is amorphophallus titanium; it’s native to the rain forests of Sumatra and Indonesia, and there are very few of them grown in captivity.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has three of them in captivity, and one of them is ready to bloom. And when the corpse flower does bloom, it smells like rotting flesh. It’s a pretty rare event because the corpse flower only blooms every 6-10 years, and once it does, it only lasts 24-48 hours, so large crowds are expected to turn out to see it.

This one even has a name, Morty — as in “mortician” — and it has its own Twitter handle: #Mortystinks.

Morty will bloom in the next week or so. It’s a huge plant too. It grows 6-8 feet tall.

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