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How to see (and smell) the corpse flower in Charlotte

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Interim Director Paula Gross collects pollen from the corpse flower at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden on July 14,2015. Titan Arum or Corpse Flower, is near full bloom reaching over 4 feet tall with a strong odor of what has been described as rotting flesh. The Garden is extending viewing hours and will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15.
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Interim Director Paula Gross collects pollen from the corpse flower at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden on July 14,2015. Titan Arum or Corpse Flower, is near full bloom reaching over 4 feet tall with a strong odor of what has been described as rotting flesh. The Garden is extending viewing hours and will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

The infamous “corpse flower” has been in bloom this week at two Charlotte-area botanical gardens. Here’s how – and why – to get a whiff.

▪ The flower’s proper name is Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan Arum for short.

▪ These plants only blooms once every seven to 10 years.

▪ The bloom only lasts for a few days. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden extended its hours Tuesday to help people catch a glimpse. Unfortunately, their plant has now closed.

▪ UNC Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens expects its Titan Arum to bloom Thursday and Friday.

▪ The “corpse flower” moniker comes because the bloom smells like decomposing flesh. People also describe the smell as “rotting garbage.”

▪ Check out the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens page on Facebook for the latest updates.

▪ The plants have quite the following on social media, with fans taking “stinky selfies” of themselves. Here’s a sampling of posts from the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

 

The odor isn't that strong. #stinkyflower #corpseflower #onceadecade #DSBGCorpseFlower

A photo posted by Sheeka (@sheeka_s) on

 

#dsbgcorpseflower

A photo posted by Julie Layne (@cltjulie) on

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