“Stink” has unexpectedly bloomed and it is living up to its name! Stink is a corpse flower known for the rotten stench is releases when it blooms. People have been flocking to the Huntington Library in Southern California to get a “whiff” of the flower.
The flower started to bloom sooner than was expected according to Lisa Blackburn, spokeswoman for the Library. “We thought we had a few more days to go,” Blackburn said. “But it was ready, and it was pretty spectacular.”
Corpse flowers take 15 years to reach maturity, and only bloom for about 24 hours. The rotten odor does not occur until the flower actually blooms. The stench attracts insects for pollination. “It smelled like rotten meat or decaying rats or gym socks,” said Brandon Tam, an orchard specialist for the Library. Well, that’s enough to get me interested! How about everyone else?