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ENCINITAS: Time running out fast to see blooming corpse flower

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Encinitas, California. (Ian McDonnell, iStock Getty Images)

ENCINITAS — “Stinking Beauty,” the San Diego Botanic Garden’s current corpse flower, only has a few hours left for visitors to view — and smell.

The large flower, which recently opened, lasts for about 48 hours before withering. It can take the plant up to a decade to have its first bloom. A check of the garden’s live camera on Sunday, June 30, showed that the flower is beginning to wrap up its cycle. The plant, Amorphophallus titanum, is found in the dense rainforests of Sumatra and is often called a corpse flower because of the way it mimics the odor of rotten meat to attract pollinators. The odorous compounds are often described as similar to the scent of strong cheese, garlic, smelly feet or rotten fish.

Follow the garden’s Facebook and Instagram pages for updates about the flower’s status.

The San Diego Botanic Garden is located at 300 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. Call 760-436-3036 for more information.


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“Stinking Beauty,” the San Diego Botanic Garden’s current corpse flower, only has a few hours left for visitors to view — and smell. This photo was taken June 28 as it started its blooming cycle. (San Diego Botanic Garden photo)