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Stinky "corpse flower" blooms


(CNN) -- Have you ever wanted to take a whiff of a flower that smells like death?

Thousands of people are flocking to Denver to do just that, but time is running out.

Shakespeare wrote, a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.

But what if it isn't a rose? What if it's a flower that folks call a stinky corpse. Would that smell just as sweet?

"The official name of the plant is Amorphophallus Titanum," said Denver Botanic Gardens director Erin Bird.

The fowl smelling flora's first bloom occurs between 10 and 20 years of growth

The corpse flower is native to Sumatra, Indonesia, and will emit a rather foul stench for a couple of days during its bloom, all to attract this, the Carrion Beetle, its primary pollinator.

That smell is also attracting record crowds to the Denver Botanic Gardens, more than 10,000 before the day is through.

It could take another ten years before stinky the corpse flower emits its stank, so come on down and take a whiff on the wild side.

The Denver Botanic Gardens is so excited about the corpse flower bloom-- it extended its hours Thursday until midnight so people can take a whiff while they still can.

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