A once-every-four-months putrid event is underway for botanists and flower enthusiasts at the US Botanic Garden next to the Capitol in Washington DC.
At the garden a giant rainforest plant known as a ”corpse flower” (Amorphophallus titanum) is blooming.
The odour of the plant native to Sumatram Indonesia, smells oddly like rotting flesh.
Experts had been anticipating its bloom for more than a week and have extended the garden’s hours for visitors.
Garden officials expected the flower to hit ”peak smell” on Monday morning (local time), and its odour to linger for one or two days.
Scientists said the flower’s odour attracted insects that were normally drawn to rotting flesh.
The plant was discovered in 1878.