The rare corpse flower, widely known as the world’s smelliest plant, has started to open and will bloom within days at McMaster University (Ontario, Canada) and is one of only a handful in the world to do so this year.
According to the university's Biology Greenhouse website, the flower has started to open and the putrid smell has started in the immediate vicinity of the flower (check out a live webcam of the plant).
When it opens, the plant called titan arum, will unleash a stench likened to that of rotting flesh or meat. It blooms for only a few days. Found in the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, the large purple flower grows upwards of five or six feet tall and can take many years to bloom.
Visitors can view the corpse plant at the university's Biology Greenhouse on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.