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'Corpse Flower' Expected to Bloom this Week

September 24, 2018 - 9:33 am

 ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It’s almost that time again for a smelly and rare site at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

“It’s Amorphophallus titanum, or titan arum, or most commonly known as the corpse flower,” says Catherine Martin, public information officer with the garden.

She says the bloom is expected between September 27th and October 7th. The bloom lasts about three to four days and thankfully the terrible odor only lasts about 24 hours.  

The Garden will open for evening viewing once the flowering structure of the 80 pound plan opens.  This is the 9th bloom of the corpse flower at the garden.