Hold your nose: Stinky corpse flower blooms in New Hampshire

Published 4:40 pm Saturday, September 24, 2016

HANOVER, N.H. — 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  1/2-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.

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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.