Flowers that smell like rotting-flesh are starting to bloom at a Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
The rare “corpse flowers” can go over a decade between blooms, so greenhouse staff at Rollins College were surprised to learn that two would blossom this year.
An Amorphophallus titanum recently popped up, and a Racine is expected to bloom in the next few days.
Plant viewing is NOT open to the public, and campus community members can view the corpse plant during designated hours, according to Rollins College.
The peak bloom of the corpse flower is at night and in the early morning hours.
The corpse flower uses its smell to attract sweat bees and beetles looking for a prime location to lay their eggs.
By crawling all over the plant, these insects play a vital role in pollinating the Titan Arum. The plant’s distinctive smell is just one of its tricks for attracting insects.