Corpse flower in bloom in Belgium; hold your nose!
Jul. 09, 2013
BRUSSELS (AP) — Tourists are lining up in Belgium for the chance to visit a huge, foul-smelling plant.
The national botanical garden was staying open until dusk for a second day Tuesday to give as many people as possible a view of the titan arum — also known as the corpse flower — that's towering over the visitors.
At the heart of the flower a huge column rises upward to the sky and is responsible for the smell that resembles a decomposing animal.
The rare Sumatran plant has now flowered three times since 2008, a feat in itself. At its height this year, it measured 2.44 meters (8 feet). It only flowers for three days, and is expected to wane on Wednesday.