After careful cultivation for more than a decade, a Corpse Flower is blooming in Adelaide and will bring its unique stink to spectators.
The flower, listed as endangered, is on the verge of a rare bloom. It will only remain open for 48 hours, during which time it will emit a foul odour -- likened to that of rotting flesh.
And locals have been encouraged to go along for a whiff.
Horticulturalist Matt Coulter said the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens were given the plant seed in 2006. It is from an Indonesian species which is threatened by deforestation.
"Flowering events are rare because the plant is so difficult to cultivate, even in optimum conditions,” Mr Coulter said.
“The fact the flower, and its signature stench, will only last around 48 hours before it collapses on itself, makes it a must-see event for plant lovers and curious souls alike.”
While the Gardens cannot confirm the exact flowering dates, the Nursery will be open between 10am and 3pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, unless the gardens are closed due to fire danger rating.
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Still inching higher and my colour's changed a little more from yesterday. I'm thinking I will take it easy on #Christmas Day, but after that - who knows when I'll be ready to bloom, before New Year's I'd say! Subscribe to the Botanic Gardens of South Australia's e-newsletter at botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/subscribe to get an email sent to you as soon as we know when I'm going to bloom, and keep checking back on our Facebook pages (e.g. facebook.com/MountLoftyBotanicGarden) for daily updates. Please remember, the #MountLofty Botanic Garden Nursery IS NOT currently open to the public, but we plan to open it when I'm flowering. See you soon I hope! #TitanArum #stinkyBGSA #AdelaideHills