Rare plant starts to stink up Honolulu garden

HONOLULU (AP) - An unusual plant is starting to make a big stink at a Honolulu botanical garden.

Officials say a "corpse flower" that has been growing at Foster Botanical Garden for 10 years is in bloom Wednesday morning. The plant's allure is the foul odor it emits - similar to rotting flesh.

Botanical Garden Horticulturist Scot Mitamura says the smell is so rotten, it makes his eyes water.

It blooms once every three to five years and officials are bracing for a large crowd of curious visitors eager for a whiff. The donated plant is believed to be the only one on Oahu.

When a corpse flower bloomed at Hilo's Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens last year, more than 1,000 guests visited on each of the two days it was in bloom.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.