The link is to a live feed at the US Botanical Gardens in Washington DC. They call it the corpse flower because of the unbelievable stench it generates during the short bloom period.

This plant blooms rarely and is one of the largest blooms in the world. It currently is almost 8 feet high! Mother Earth & evolution provide us with breathtaking flora & fauna....

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/us-capitol

http://email.smithsonian.com/a/hBR6FaAB8vv7NB8z86RNsqW--.AmxrlIr9/art2

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Comment by Strega on July 19, 2013 at 9:54pm

You absolutely don't want "scratch 'n sniff" technology.  There's one of these at Kew that flowered about 4 years ago - there were masses of people who went to see and smell it, including me.  It smells like a combination of rancid meat and rotten eggs.  Really offensive :)

Comment by Ed on July 20, 2013 at 8:21am

Strega,

Kew Gardens is the most wonderful place! It was strange seeing giant redwood trees growing on the grounds and they are quite huge.

Comment by Strega on July 20, 2013 at 11:17am

Yes it is an amazing place.  In summertime, they have outdoor concerts, so you can go and enjoy the exhibits which are really spectacular, then settle down with a nice cold bottle of Pinot and have a picnic whilst enjoying the band.

Comment by Ed on July 23, 2013 at 4:19pm

Strega,

You know how to enjoy the finer & simpler things in life! "Wine, women, and song" as the saying goes...

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