NEW YORK - New Yorkers and tourists have been gathering at the New York Botanical Garden since Thursday to see the rare much-anticipated corpse flower bloom.
A full bloom of the Indonesian plant, which thrives in unbearable humidity, hasn’t happened at the Bronx garden since 1939, the last time it had one. The flower blooms every 10 years and has only a small chance of having another life cycle, making it all the more important to see it now.
The people viewing the bloom are not only getting a glimpse of the beautiful and enormous flower, but also be getting a whiff of that fragrance, likened to rotting flesh.
The smelly plant was seen opening up Thursday. The cycle usually takes place between 24 to 48 hours, but the current event has lasted more than three days.
For those who can’t make it to the garden, you can watch the event live. About 3,500 people were tuned in at one time Thursday afternoon, though they will be deprived of the full sensory experience, which might be for the best.