Corpse Flower blooms: Titan arum finally blooms at Botanic Garden
Updated: July 22, 2013 - 07:08 pm
WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- The line to see the Corpse Flower extended outside the U.S. Botanic garden in Washington D.C. on Monday -- wrapping around the building and continuing down the sidewalk. It was about a 20-minute wait just to get a glimpse and a sniff of the stinky plant.
Sophie Posey of Upper Marlboro said, "I'm coming for the smell."
The blooming of the giant tropical plant is so rare and its stench so smelly, that thousands wanted to come catch a whiff.
Michael Raizen was with a group of co-workers and explained, "We decided to take lunch and come and visit the the plant, but it actually doesn't really smell too much."
Another visitor, Elaine Sudekis, was disappointed: "Unfortunately, we can't smell anything anymore. We came here for the stink."
Blame it on the 8-ft tall plant’s biology. After days of holding off, it finally bloomed Sunday night and released a putrid odor for about 10 to 12 hours designed to attract bugs for pollination. And on Monday morning when the doors opened to the public, the smell was mostly gone – but the crowds were still there.
We asked Winfield Sealander of the District who was waiting in line if he was disappointed that it no longer smelled. He replied and laughed, "You are the bearer of bad news. You ruined my day!"
Fret not -- we found one guy who caught a noseful and said:
"I would say it smelled like a very soggy dead deer on the side of the road. Disgusting? Yeah, I would say it's not pleasant at all."
Ari Novy, a plant scientist who works at the garden and was there after hours has the inside scoop. He said the corpse flower may release the smell of rotting flesh again on Monday night for a second time.
He predicted, "I can testify that even it if it is half as strong as last night, it will be notable again."
The wait for another whiff continues…
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