Amorphophallus titanum .the huge, rare and famously putrid Indonesian flower is blooming for one day Wednesday, spreading its stench across the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The university said in a statement that the flower “smells like a cross between rotting flesh and cheese,” and the greenhouse where it’s unfurling its blossom is open to members of the public who want to take a whiff.
The flower uses flies instead of bees to spread its sticky pollen. It produces two sulfurous chemicals within its leaves that the flies find attractive.
The plant at UCSB is 4 feet tall and growing fast.