As we previously mentioned, the New York Botanical Garden's Amorphophallus titanum, better known as the corpse flower, has finally bloomed—a unique treat for those who want to bask in the presence of a bizarre exotic plant that hasn't bloomed in the Bronx since the 1930s. While visually stunning, however, the scent has been described as "rotting flesh," or in NYC-terms: a hot summer Monday when all the weekend garbage is piling up on the sidewalk.

The diva-like flower was predicted to bloom in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory last weekend, but waited until yesterday around 3:30 p.m. to make an appearance. While some rushed to see it last night, most flocked to the flower this morning—a line of people waiting to enter the garden was long by 9 a.m. Many in attendance had been obsessively checking the webcam over the past week, and some worried it would be a dud when it didn't open as scheduled (that can happen!). Not surprisingly, there were people like Tom Begley, an East Village resident, who skipped work to witness this horticultural event in person. "I took the day off. I've been keeping an eye on it. It's exciting," Begley told us.

As the corpse flower nears its 36-hour flowering cycle before shriveling up, those who couldn't make it want to know one thing: what does it smell like, really? Some observers we spoke with today offered their thoughts on that...

"It smells like going into a meat store," said Anne Guzman, a retired Brooklyn resident, who has been coming to the conservatory since Monday (July 25th) to see the flower bloom.

"I think it stinks. It smells like old food. When you open a fridge and get bad food smell," explained Zach Blankenship, an Upper West Side resident who was visiting the NYBG for the fist time.

"It's distinct. Not nearly as bad as I thought it might be. Not as bad as being in a back alley in New York City during the summer," said Blake Olmstead, an employee at Atlas Obscura. Olmstead also jokingly said that watching the corpse flower webcam was akin to watching Scandinavian slow television.

"It’s quite a strong odor, really more like rotting meat than socks or any other bad odor," Marc Hachadourian, Director of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections at the NYBG, told us. "Of course fragrance is subjective and many people will smell other things. The chemical composition of the flower is actually similar to a number of terrible odors all mixed together from rotting fish to limburger cheese."

Given that the last corpse flower the NYBG had on display was in 1939, many attendees weathered long commutes to get a whiff of the stinky flower. Neil Heacox of Greenpoint, Brooklyn said that it took him an hour and 45 minutes to get to the Botanical Garden and get a sniff of the flower, of which he described as having a "peppery and spicy" aroma.

At times the flower's scent was strong, and at others it was intense. That's because the flower actually "pulses" every few minutes and releases more scent.

However, there were some attendees who simply didn't have knowledge of the malodorous moment taking place and were just at the NYBG to enjoy its usual beauty. "We didn't know about the flower," said Birgit Link, a tourist from Germany with her husband, Matthew, and her two children in tow. "It reminds me of that mouse lying in our garden."

For those itching to get a look at—or a whiff of—the corpse flower before it shrivels up, you can hurry up to the NYBG today, which has extended hours until 9.p.m.