Corpse Flower Ready to Bloom in New York

Two boys stare at the rare Corpse flower, one of the earth’s largest flowers, which is about to bloom Thursday during a brief 24 to 36-hour period, in the New York Botanical Garden. The unusual plant is named for its pungent scent, which smells like rotting flesh. The smell attracts flies, which provides the flower with its sustenance. The last time this species bloomed in the garden was in 1939. This particular plant was ten years in the making. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Two boys stare at the rare Corpse flower, one of the earth’s largest flowers, which is about to bloom Thursday during a brief 24 to 36-hour period, in the New York Botanical Garden. The unusual plant is named for its pungent scent, which smells like rotting flesh. The smell attracts flies, which provides the flower with its sustenance. The last time this species bloomed in the garden was in 1939. This particular plant was ten years in the making. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)