Pungent, 6-foot corpse flower in bloom at New York Botanical Garden

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NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN -

Visitors are getting the chance to catch a glimpse, and a whiff, of a corpse flower in bloom at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

At just over 6 feet tall, the corpse flower began blooming Thursday afternoon after 12 years.

It takes at least seven years for corpse flowers to store enough energy to bloom for the first time.

The fragrance produced by the flower has been chemically tested and contains the same chemicals as rotting fish, feces, burning flesh and Limburger cheese.

The first bloom since the 1930s happened at the same botanical garden in 2016.

By Friday afternoon, the stench had died down a little bit, but visitors can still look or get a whiff of it for a couple more days.

MORE INFO: New York Botanical Garden website

 

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