'Corpse Flower' Begins Its Stinky Metamorphosis in California

A so-called corpse flower known for its rotting flesh odor has begun to bloom at The Huntington Library in San Marino.

The Amorphophallus titanum is being called "Son of Stinky" because it was propagated from a seed from another corpse flower that bloomed at the Huntington in 1999 — the first such bloom ever in California.

That plant became known as the "Giant Stinky Flower" and drew tens of thousands of visitors during its bloom.

The new plant began to bloom at 2 p.m. Wednesday after a growth spurt that raised it from about 4 feet tall last week to a height of more than 6-feet-9.

Library spokeswoman Lisa Blackburn says it's a beautiful flower, but "you just have to get past the stench."

Corpse flowers come from Sumatra.