HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the fourth time this year, a corpse flower has bloomed at Oahu's Foster Botanical Garden — and the island is a littler stinkier for it.
City officials say the rare plant opened up late Sunday evening and will only be open for a short time. The plant is known for its large size and strong odor, which has been likened to the smell of rotting meat.
The newly-bloomed corpse flower is a record-breaker for the Honolulu garden with a height of 6 feet and 10.5 inches, and is the 17th corpse flower to bloom on Oahu.
The world record for the tallest corpse flower is over 10 feet.
"They normally bloom between April and August when the days are long and it's warm," said Scot Mitamura, a horticulturist with the botanical garden. "That's the prime blooming time of the year."
Mitamura says that the rare plants grow really quickly and can grow four to five inches a day.
"At first (visitors) are really amazed by the size," Mitamura said. "But they really come for the smell, they want to experience something different."
The Foster Botanical Garden will be open until 6 p.m. on Monday so plant enthusiasts can see — and smell — the corpse flower for themselves.