BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Officials with UC Berkeley’s botanical garden say the garden had its busiest day in more than a decade as people flocked to get a whiff of the “corpse flower,” a plant known for its pungent odor.
KPIX-TV reports (http://cbsloc.al/1ets61w ) that the Sumatran titan arum nicknamed “Trudy” came into full bloom Sunday and brought out about 1,000 visitors. The garden wrote on Twitter that the plant would only be smelly on Sunday and would begin to go limp Monday.
Associate director for visitors services Jonathan Goodrich says Trudy started to open and was flowering when garden officials left for the day on Saturday. By Sunday, the plant had run its course.
Goodrich says the large plant’s smell is similar to “dirty socks wrapped around a rotting steak.”
Information from: KPIX-TV.