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And, yes, there's a live feed of the event.

Jordi Lippe-McGraw
May 09, 2016

Visitors feasted their eyes and plugged their noses over the weekend because a rare Amorphophallus titanium, a.k.a. the Giant Corpse Flower, named Morticia bloomed at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid in Galveston, Texas. The flower came out of its dormancy in April and was expected to bloom on May 13, but was delayed by a day. 

 

Known for it’s unpleasant smell (it’s been compared to rotting flesh) it emits during flowering, the plant is only found naturally in Sumatra, Indonesia and blooms infrequently. It’s even more rare for it to bloom outside of its natural habitat. In fact, Morticia has only bloomed once before (in June 2012) and it’s only the fifth Giant Corpse Flower bloom ever in Texas.

Not only is it smelly, the corpse flower also has bragging rights as the largest flowering plant in the world—it can reach over 10 feet tall.

To mark the occasion, Moody Gardens will stay open longer to allow guests to experience the lovely sight and not so lovely smell. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a Corpse Flower bloom once,” said Donnita Brannon, horticulture exhibit manager at Moody Gardens. “I’m over the moon to see it bloom twice.”

If you can't make it to Texas, Moody Gardens has a live webcam of the flower so you can watch its every move.

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