The Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo is getting ready to make a stink. The zoo says the corpse plant is ready to bloom within two weeks.
Zoo officials say this bloom is in the ground, not in a pot like before. The plant stands 40 inches tall and will eventually emit an odor many describe as the smell of rotten meat.
The Amorphophallus titanum bloomed last April at the Zoo, hundreds turned out to take a whiff and see the flower.
A plant in bloom is as rare as it is spectacular. A plant can go for many years without flowering, and when it does the bloom lasts only one or two days. This bloom is special because that means two Amorphophallus titanum's have bloomed in one year.