HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A flower that got its nickname from its putrid smell is blooming at Dartmouth College for the first time since 2011.
Named Morphy, the titan arum — or corpse flower — began opening Friday afternoon at the Ivy League college’s Life Sciences Greenhouse. The 7 ½-foot flower is set to collapse Sunday.
Morphy is native to Sumatra’s equatorial rainforests and has a long pointy stalk with a skirt-like covering.
Dartmouth greenhouse manager Kim DeLong said its odor has been described as a cross between a decaying animal and urine.
DeLong said she plans to pollinate the endangered flower to share seeds and pollen around the world.
The greenhouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.