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Beautiful Timelapse Shows The Corpse Flower Bloom (Before Toppling Over)

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If you missed the all-too-brief bloom of the corpse flower at the New York Botanical Garden last week, you can now catch it on video. The NYBG has now released a one-minute timelapse, which captured the flower 24/7 — surrounded by visitors holding iPhones during the day, and then alone at night in dark, beautiful solitude.

Click play to see the flower bloom, and then close back up... but be sure to stick with it until the very end where you'll witness it just topple over while alone one night. We prefer to think of it as taking a bow.

ICYMI: corpse flowers are rare and unpredictable, and can take up to ten years to store enough energy to bloom for the first time. This one is 11 years old. But what they're really known for is their smell, which Marc Hachadourian of the NYBG told us "is similar to a number of terrible odors all mixed together, from rotting fish to limburger cheese."

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