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And now, The Huntington’s tumblr is proud to present…

TIMELAPSE GIFS OF THE BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Corpse Flower is named for the terrible stench it gives off to trick beetles and flies (who actually like rotting flesh because that’s where they lay their eggs) into pollinating it. On or around the one night it blooms, it heats up to about 90°F to help the odor chemicals evaporate and spread.

The Corpse Flower’s latin name is Amorphophallus titanum. Can you guess what that means? (Hint: yes, the word phallus is in there.)

Here’s a couple more pretty pictures from The Huntington:

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