‘Corpse flower,’ which literally smells like death, in bloom at Palm Beach nursery


A rare flower which reportedly ‘smells like death’ is causing a stink at a nursery in Florida.

The so-called ‘Corpse Flower’, or amorphophallus titanium, recently burst into bloom at the Tropical Bamboo Nursery and Gardens in Loxahatchee.  

According to the nursery’s staff, the plant’s odor reached peak putridness on Monday – and they are expecting it to stop smelling by Tuesday afternoon.

Nursery owner Robert Saporito wrote Monday on Tropical Bamboo’s Facebook page: ‘It’s starting to stink!’

‘Corpse Flower at Tropical Bamboo Nursery & Gardens! Come visit this evening if you’d like to see/smell it. It will be finished tomorrow afternoon.’

While another Facebook user said: ‘Don’t go there unless you like the smell of rotting flesh!’

The rare plant has been nicknamed ‘Pepé Le Pew’ by Tropical Bamboo staff. The corpse flower is a rare sight in North America.

It is one of a small handful around the world outside its native Indonesia, and takes a decade or longer to bloom as the temperamental flower is better accustomed to the hot and sweltering jungles of Sumatra. 

The last time a corpse flower bloomed in South Florida was in July 2014 at the same nursery. Pepé Le Pew was first planted in 2006, and corpse flowers usually bloom once every few years. 


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