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Large flower blooming in N.Y. smells like rotting flesh

Smell the roses — not the corpse flower — at The New York Botanical Garden today.

The corpse flower, formally Amorphophallus titanium, now blooming at the N.Y. garden, grows up to eight-feet high and took 10 years to grow.

When in bloom, the flower looks beautiful, but smells like rotting flesh.

The stench, which started at the Botanical Garden Thursday afternoon, doesn’t stick around for too long — in fact, the flower is only fragrant for 24 to 36 hours. So, the garden extended hours today until 8 p.m.

This is the first time a flower of this kind has been on display at the The New York Botanical Garden since 1939.

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