Rare 'corpse plant' begins is stinky bloom in Sarasota

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The titan arum "corpse plant" in bloom. Photo courtesy the Selby Gardens' Tropical Conservatory



Sarasota, Florida -- A rare plant known for its horrible scent is now blooming in Sarasota.

Titan arum, better known as the "corpse plant," began to bloom on Saturday at the Selby Gardens' Tropical Conservatory, off of South Palm Avenue.

While in bloom, the plant emits a smell that's drawn comparisons to garbage, spoiled meat, and rotting fish.

Photo Gallery: Corpse plant in bloom

Typically a corpse plant flower blooms for only a day or two, before collapsing under its own weight. Selby Gardens tells 10 News the flower has closed a little since Saturday, but it's still very beautiful.

The plants rarely bloom, and when they do, the flower can reach several feet in height. The last time this particular plant bloomed was back in 2005.

The corpse plant is native of Sumatra, Indonesia, and is listed as a threatened species by the World Conservation Union.

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