Corpse flower begins to bloom at Denver Botanic Gardens

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The corpse flower began to bloom at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015.

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DENVER -- The corpse flower finally began to bloom late Tuesday night at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

"The incredibly stinky corpse flower, Amorphophallus titanum, is blooming," the Denver Botanic Gardens said in a news release.

The rare flower, officially named titan arum, is called a corpse flower because it is said to resemble the smell of rotting meat.

The bloom can take up to 20 years for a first bloom then up to 10 years for a second bloom. The huge bloom and smell lasts less than 48 hours before it wilts.

It's the first corpse flower, named "Stinky," to bloom in the Rocky Mountain region.

About 700 to 800 individual flowers are wrapped up underneath Stinky’s outer layer. When the outer layer opens, the stench is released. The plant is native to Sumatra and the smell helps attract certain beetles and bugs to pollinate it.

Botanic Gardens members can view the flower beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday with the gates opening to the general public at 9 a.m. Gates will remain open until midnight Wednesday, then open from 6 a.m. to midnight Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Huge crowds are expected over the next three days.

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