A rare (and large and smelly) corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is blooming at the University of Washington’s Botany Greenhouse.
The flower bloomed Wednesday evening. The smell, which has been compared to rotting meat, is past its peak but the giant flower lingers at the greenhouse, which is just off the Burke Gilman Trail and is a short walk from Eastlake.
In the video, greenhouse manager Doug Ewing, who spent Wednesday night monitoring the plant, explains how the smell aids the plant in its reproduction process. The noise you hear in the background in the greenhouse is equipment being used to measure the smell.
The flower probably won’t last past Saturday. The greenhouse will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. If it’s closed, you can see the flower through the glass. You’ll find at map on the UW’s website.
The Seattle Times has a story and photos about the corpse flower.