In a matter of days, perhaps hours, a rare corpse flower will bloom in upstate New York. True to its name, the plant is expected to unleash a stench like rotting flesh.
Affectionately called “Wee Stinky,” this corpse flower lives in a greenhouse at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Horticulturists at the school, who have been preparing for the plant to bloom for weeks, say it could open up any day now. Those curious can watch the rare spectacle online, mercifully, without the smell.
The species, also known as titan arum, is found in the rainforests of central Sumatra. The plant’s bloom is just as short as it is pungent; corpse flowers only remain open for 24 to 48 hours before they wither away.