Corpse Flower Blooms In Adelaide, And Brings The Stench Of Death With It

29/12/2015 10:32 AM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

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.

Queues to see me are a little longer than anticipated... Thanks for your patience, I look forward to meeting you!

Posted by Adelaide Botanic Garden on Monday, 28 December 2015

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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