Flowering plants are associated with bees in our popular culture. Flowers primarily pollinated by bees often have bright colors and a sweet odor. However, many other insects such as flies are important pollinators . Flowers primarily pollinated by flies produce odors that attract flies. The corpse flower, is fly pollinated and produces an odor only a fly could love. The odor is often described as resembling a rotting corpse.
Corpse flowers are some of the largest flowers. Some conservatories in the US can grow and maintain these exotic plants but they rarely bloom. The blooms last only a couple of days. This summer in the US corpse flowers are blooming in two locations: New York Botanical Gardens in NYC and another in the Jordan Greenhouse on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, IN. The IU flower started blooming yesterday and may continue to bloom through Sunday. That is it. You must hurry if you want to witness the sights and smells in person.
For those preferring to view from afar, IU has its LiveCam focused on the flower.