It’s about to get real stinky in Arizona. A rare corpse flower named "Rosie" is expected to bloom Thursday night at the , where it will start to emit an odor that is often compared to the stench of rotting flesh.
Luckily for you, it's possible to watch it happen live on Youtube from a safe distance.
On Monday, Rosie shed her skin, alerting the staff at the Tucson Botanical Garden that she was about to bloom in the Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion exhibit.
Rosie is believed to be seven years old and stands three feet tall, according to Michael Madsen, the Tucson Botanical Garden’s Butterfly Exhibit Manager. This will be her . “100 percent Rosie will bloom, Thursday night or sometime shortly after,” Madsen said.
Corpse flowers, which are also known by their scientific name Amorphophallus Titanum, are one of the rarest and largest flowering plants in the world. While it takes most corpse flowers between seven and 10 years to bloom, once they do, the bloom lasts for just 24 to 36 hours.
In January, another corpse flower bloomed at the in Queensland, Australia. “Spud,” seen above in its fully bloomed stage, stands over six feet tall, making it twice the size of Rosie.
"Size does matter," Gregory Mueller, the Chicago Botanic Garden's chief scientist, . "The larger it is, the more surface it has to warm up, and it can (produce) more odor. And then the odor can go further and attract pollinators further afield."
Because Rosie is blooming on the earlier end of the spectrum and hasn't reached her full height, people who visit her in Arizona should expect a slightly less smelly experience.