Don't hold your nose: the Bloedel Conservatory is offering the rare chance to smell a corpse flower when it blooms for just 24 to 48 hours.
The world's biggest flower, known by its scientific name titan arum, looks like it's set to unleash its putrid bouquet--one that's been described as stinking like everything from dirty diapers and sunbaked trash to rotting flesh (hence the name).
Originating in the equatorial rain forests of Sumatra, the unpredictable plant often takes seven to 10 years to bloom--sometimes even longer.
The parks board announced today that Bloedel’s specimen, acquired in 2016, "is now six years old and showing signs it will bloom imminently: its bud has grown rapidly over the past few weeks, with the flower ‘spike’ rocketing to five feet tall in the last six weeks."
The aforementioned spike can tower to 12 feet, while the plant's leaves can grow to 15 feet long. As you can tell from the picture here, it looks like it's straight out of Jurassic Park--or perhaps Little Shop of Horrors.
The conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park is planning on extending its hours when the flower starts to emit its rancid fumes.
To follow the progress and enter a contest to name the bloom, go here.
When the flower opens up, in what will be the first time ever in public in this province, head to the conservatory and just follow your nose.