"What Died in Here?" Rare Corpse Flower Blooms in NYC

Posted by Chantel Delulio on July 29, 2016 at 4:00:00 PM EDT | Post a Comment

Corpse Flower

Look out, “Hamilton”, there’s a new hot-ticket event that has New York City buzzing. A rare “corpse flower” bloomed late Thursday, filling the New York Botanical Garden with the pungent scent of rotting flesh. The six-foot-tall flower, which is native only to western Sumatra, takes 10 years to grow and emits its unusual aroma to attract pollinators that typically feed on carrion. Morbid botany enthusiasts will have to act fast, though, the decade-in-the-making bloom only lasts for about 25 to 36 hours and will likely only bloom again in another seven to 10 years. So, only slightly longer than it takes to get “Hamilton” tickets.

Ben Hider | The New York Botanical Garden

Chantel Delulio

Staff Writer

I grew up in the shadow of the Appalachians in western Maryland. I received my B.A. in English literature from Washington College and moved to Los Angeles, where I’ve fallen in love with the gorgeous weather and abundance of food trucks.

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