According to the Hauck Research Center at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, it’s a once-in-decade experience. One of the College’s Corpse plants began to bloom on Thursday, and the rare plant is drawing plenty of visitors to the campus. However, you might want to view it from this specially installed web-cam instead of getting up-close and personal. Visitors report you can smell the pungent odor as soon as you enter into the facility; that entrance is at least 20′ away from the plant. Many visitors would agree you don’t want to eat before stopping by for a visit, but others say the uniqueness of the plant is a huge draw.
According to visitors to the campus Greenhouse, where this Corpse plant is housed, the smell of the plant ranges from ‘rotting flesh’ and ‘roadkill’ to ‘half a dead person’, as well as ‘earthy’ and ‘beyond hot garbage.’ This particular Corpse plant is about 12-years-old, and has not bloomed before. Another bloomed at Rollins about a year ago, bringing many visitors to the campus.
The Corpse plant is native to Sumatra, Indonesia. The plant rarely blooms in its native habitat, and even more rarely when cultivated. The smell is meant to attract specific insects that will pollinate the plant. According to Live Science, these insects include dung beetles, flesh flies and other carnivorous insects which typically feast on dead flesh. Rollins College will hold public viewings for the next few days. The bloom only lasts about 36 hours, and they expect the smell to weaken by Sunday, just in time for that special Mother’s Day outing.