The Amorphophallus titanum or titan arum, also known as the “corpse flower,” is about to bloom in Washington, D.C. The giant flower blooms once every few years or once every few decades. Once fully open, it remains in bloom for 24 to 48 hours, and then poof! Show’s over. Due to its odor, which is reminiscent of the smell of a decomposing mammal, the titan arum is characterized as a carrion flower, and is also known as the corpse flower, or corpse plant (Indonesian: bunga bangkai – bunga means flower, while bangkai can be translated as corpse, cadaver, or carrion).

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