‘Corpse flower’ blooms at Franklin Park Zoo

BOSTON (WHDH) - A stinky situation in Boston—a corpse flower is now on display at the Franklin Park Zoo.

The flower doesn’t bloom that often and is only open for two days.

“I think it deserves all this activity—and more,” said Chris Lopez, who is visiting from California. “I’m so glad I came from California to see this, that is awesome,” she said.

It’s called a “corpse flower” and blooms once every several years and then only stays open from 24 to 48 hours.

The name came from the fact it smells like rotting flesh and it attracts flies.

“I think people are fascinated by a species that blooms, that reproduces so infrequently,” said John Lineham, president of the Franklin Park Zoo.

The flower is only a little stinky now but when the flower first opened Sunday, a much different story!

“Yesterday morning, I heard it was pretty pungent,” said Lineham on Monday.

Franklin Park is home to 5 of these tropical plants, all nicknamed by the staff. This one’s “Pugsley” and is the only one to bloom this year.

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