The corpse flower, known by horticulturists as Amorphophallus titanum or titan arum, is on display this weekend at the
The rare flower blooms only once every year or two, and officials believe that could take place this weekend.
If it happens on Sunday, the garden will host special evening hours from
The flower's massive inflorescence opens quickly, often in just a couple of hours.
The bloom last about three to five days, with the odor -- typically described as smelling like rotting flesh -- subsiding in about a day.
The bloom can grow to over 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
The garden has hosted the blooming of three titan arums in recent years. The first was on
The last time one of the plants bloomed was in October.
Few corpse flowers exist in cultivation, according to the garden.
The garden has eight specimens. One of the ones that bloomed in 2012 was the 154th in the world since the plant was cultivated, horticulturists said. Visitors flocked to see it.
The flower grows in the wild only in the rain forests of
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