I've been watching via webcam the Titan Arum all last week at the U.S. Botanic Gardens. About 5:30 yesterday, it finally began to bloom. This easily stands 12 feet or more high and is probably several feet in diameter. It is known as a corpse plant since it supposedly smells like rotting meat.
My day job is in Washington, DC, but I don't usually go into the city on Mondays. With all the pictures of flowers that I take, I couldn't resist going down to see this rare giant. I was not alone.
This is the first time they have had this flower blooming at the botanic gardens since 2007. Apparently, it puts out about 100 W of heat and that heat carries the foul scent upward. It is meant to attract pollinators from another plant which could be hundreds of yards away. The male and female parts of the flower mature at different rates so the plant has to cross-pollinate in order to propagate. Anyway, if i had time, I would try to go back down to the garden tomorrow, but alas, my dayjob is calling me.