The Conservatory of Flowers is open until 10 p.m. for the olfactorily curious to wait in line for the chance at a nice deep inhalation of rotting meat smell. ‘Suma the Titan,’ the Conservatory’s Amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower, bloomed last evening, and she’s got a little more oomph left in her still. The flower-bearing spike, or “spadix,” is now fully emerged from the vase-shaped petals, or “spathe.”
You should definitely check it out tonight, because while the odor of decaying flesh isn’t expected to be as strong as it was yesterday, it will be stronger than it was this afternoon when SF Weekly shoved our way to the front to breathe in that sweet malodorous festering. The real stench spreads late at night, however.
Or you could just watch it on the livestream.
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