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Foul-smelling plant blooming at Boston, Massachusetts, botanical garden

Stop and smell it…it smells like rotten meat.

A foul-smelling plant is blooming at the Arnold Arboretum, a botanical research facility at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the corpse flower, Amorphophallus titanum, has a strong, foul odor and blooms for just a few days once every one to two years, according to the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC.

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“A phenomenon that takes 7-12 years to develop, the corpse flowers grow 6-8 feet tall and bloom over 24-48 hours with a strong odor reminiscent of rotting meat. This volatile odor attracts carrion-eating beetles, which pollinate the plant,” Arnold Arboretum officials wrote on Instagram.

Hold your nose because a rare corpse flower has started to bloom in Boston, Massachusetts. (Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University)

Many people who have been near the foul-smelling plant have reportedly likened its smell to rotting food or “rotten flesh.”

The arboretum is located within a 281-acre preserve and has a particular emphasis on plants from eastern North America and East Asia.

“This is the first time that a corpse flower has bloomed in the Arboretum’s research greenhouse at Weld Hill, providing a unique opportunity exclusively for Arnold Arboretum members to experience this rare wonder of the plant world,” the Instagram post reads.

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Corpse flowers grow up to eight feet tall and are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with fewer than 1,000 estimated to remain in the wild.

Arnold Arboretum Director William (Ned) Friedman told Fox News Digital that he hopes visitors discover that all biodiversity is valuable and worth protecting.

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A rare corpse flower native to Indonesia has bloomed at Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum, according to a spokesperson for the garden.

A rare corpse flower native to Indonesia has bloomed at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, and officials there say it smells like “rotten flesh.” (Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University)

“By collecting, preserving and studying living plants from around the world, Arnold Arboretum is a rich environment for scientists, students and the public to learn more about the natural world,” Friedman said.

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“Our titan arum is part of a global effort to protect endangered species, but it’s also an incredible organism that has accomplished one of the most daring and spectacular feats in the plant kingdom,” added Friedman, who is also the Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

If you can't make the trip to Boston, Massachusetts to sniff out these stinky flowers, head over to the Harvard University Arnold Arboretum website to watch the odor-free livestream event from the comfort of your own home.

If you can’t make the trip to Boston, Massachusetts to sniff out these stinky flowers, head over to the Harvard University Arnold Arboretum website to watch the odor-free livestream event from the comfort of your own home. (Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University)

If you can’t make the journey to Boston to see the flowers bloom, the Arnold Arboretum is livestreaming the blooms on its website, allowing viewers to watch the flowers bloom in real time.

The livestream can be viewed at www.arboretum.harvard.edu/stories/rare-corpse-plant-set-to-bloom-at-the-arnold-arboretum.

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The corpse plant is expected to reach peak flowering in the last week of June.

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