The corpse flower at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington arrived at peak bloom this afternoon, attracting a crowd of admirers eager to take photographs of something stinky. The last time a corpse flower bloomed here, it lured more than 130,000 people to the USBG.
The plant, which takes years to flower, produces a noxious, disgusting smell of rotting eggs and decaying meat which attracts pollinators and, apparently, tourists. The stench will worsen through the night.
The Conservatory at the Botanic Garden will be open until 11 p.m. tonight to accommodate the crowd. All the pictures in this posting are screenshots from the USBG’s 24-hour webcam, which allows you to view the corpse flower without embarrassing public gagging and retching.