A giant corpse flower has started blooming at the Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid.
The flower has been nicknamed "Morticia." It started officially blooming Wednesday evening. Visitors will have a rare opportunity to see and smell it. Corpse flowers have a short blooming period of 2 to 4 days.
The name, corpse flower, originates from the unpleasant odor the plant emits during flowering. It smells like rotting flesh.
The corpse flower or, Amorphophallus titanum, is native only to Sumatra, Indonesia. Fewer than 85 Corpse Flowers have ever bloomed in the United States. It is considered the largest flowering plant in the world, often reaching heights of over 10 feet tall. The plant has a very unpredictable blooming schedule. There is no bloom season and flowers can be produced at any time of year.
The bloom at Moody Gardens is only the fourth in Texas. It measures in at 56 inches tall and 40 inches in circumference.
"The stench and beauty of this plant are equally amazing," said Donnita Brannon, horticulture exhibit manager at Moody Gardens.
The staff has been anxiously waiting for the big blooming event to occur since the plant first broke dormancy May 1.
"She is even more beautiful than I expected. We are celebrating and invite guests to hurry out to the Rainforest Pyramid to share this experience with us," said Brannon.