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Corpse Flower bloom: Anticipation builds for flower bloom

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It stands almost seven feet tall. Well, at least it did on Tuesday morning.

Ari Novy, a plant scientist and public programs manager at the US Botanic Garden said, "It's easily putting on five inches a day."

But no matter how much larger it gets, one thing is for certain according to Novy: “It's going to stink no matter what."

The Corpse Flower at the US Botanic Garden is going to be nasty. It took at least eight years for it to grow from a seed, and turned into a flower last week. Now, it is set to bloom.

Dara Denson read an article about the plant today on her ride into work and said, "Once in a lifetime experience to come see it, had to get down here."

The flower went on display last Thursday, and since then, officials say thousands have stood around it armed with cameras and their questions – waiting for it to bloom.

“You start to see the tops curve backwards and it just sort of opens 45 degrees and then it’s fully open,” Novy explained to a visitor.

And when it does fully open, it will release a disgusting smell, described by Novy as "a deer hanging out dead in the Florida everglades for two or three days.”

The smell will be potent for about 10 to 12 hours, and not only will the plant be putrid, but it will also heat up to about 90 degrees in order to help the smell travel. It remains in bloom for a day or two, and then collapses.

The last time a blooming Corpse Flower was on display here was in 2007, and Natty told ABC 7 that she stood in front of it every day for five days back then.

"Until the time came, I was standing right over there and the plant opened slowly,” she said. “It was the most fantastic flower you could ever see."

Albeit brief and albeit stinky, she said it was worth the wait. Natty confidently predicts that it will bloom on Thursday.

 

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