OH, TO SMELL
THE CORPSE FLOWER
Word was out . . .
the corpse flower was about to bloom.
And this is a rare event.
Very rare event.
There are very few corpse flowers,
that exist in cultivation,
and they bloom rarely
and under just the right conditions.
And it's big news when the specimen
at Missouri Botanical Garden
is about to bloom
(and release its "rotting flesh" aroma).
So, curious locals were lined up
on a rainy Sunday morning
to get a whiff.
There were long lines of curious noses
waiting their turn, in the rain.
(This rare giant plant is native to
Western Sumatra, flowering infrequently
and only for 24 hours.)