Corpse flower begins to bloom at Botanical Gardens

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens says “Morty” the corpse flower is starting to bloom.

This huge tropical plant can grow up to eight inches in a single day and only blooms every six to 10 years. To see the flower you have to hurry, the bloom will only last one to two days.

When it does open up, an overwhelming smell of rotting flesh and other undesirable aromas spew from inside, attracting pollinators. The flower is naturally found in the rainforests of Sumatra, where it was discovered in 1879, and is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world.

You can see Morty at the Botanical Gardens in Buffalo and the gardens will have extra hours just for Morty. It will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

You can check up on Morty on social media with the hashtags #corpseflower and #buffalogardens. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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