Corpse plant blooms in Hilo

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - The stink has started at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo.

Wednesday morning the Amorphophallus titanum better known as the corpse plant started to bloom. Zoo officials say this bloom is in the ground, not in a pot like before and the smell is already starting to build.

The bloom stands 6 feet tall and is emitting 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. The Zoo is open every day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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.

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