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An Amorphophallus titanum, aka the corpse flower, bloomed Tuesday evening at Denver Botanic Gardens.

A Stinky Spectacle

This is part of a weekly series published fresh on Thursday mornings. 

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Death is in the air at the Denver Botanic Gardens—literally. The much-anticipated corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum), famous for the stinky odor it gives off similar to decaying flesh, finally bloomed. The whole process—and smell—lasts for less than 48 hours, but takes anywhere from 8 to 20 years to happen. Crowds waited up to three hours to view the bloom on Wednesday, which is the first corpse flower bloom in the Rocky Mountain region. (Even Voodoo Doughnut joined the hype, creating a Corpse Flower donut in celebration of the coming bloom.) Catch a glimpse and whiff of it while you can.

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