Blecchh: the stinky corpse flower is now in bloom

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      Follow your nose: the corpse flower at the Bloedel Conservatory finally unfurled its petals late last night, and it's unleashed its putrid odour--but only for a maximum of 48 hours.

      The conservatory will stay open extended hours, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. today (Monday) and Tuesday so folks can take a rare whiff of the plant that's been dubbed "Uncle Fester" after a public contest to name it. Current waits are apparently one hour.

      Regular admission rates apply. "Nose plugs not included," says the Vancouver park board.

      The stinky flower hails from the equatorial rain forests of Sumatra and is classified as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of threatened plants. Its scent has been likened to rotting flesh, dirty diapers, and garbage on a hot day.