SAN MARINO, Calif. -- It's time to wake up and smell the rotten flesh in San Marino. A so-called corpse flower, known for its less-than-pleasant stench, is blooming.
The new plant began to bloom Wednesday afternoon at The Huntington Library in San Marino. Ever since, thousands have flocked to the library's botanical gardens to take a peek, and a whiff.
The rare flowering happens once every few years or more.
The Amorphophallus titanum is being called "Son of Stinky" because it was reproduced from the seed of another corpse flower that bloomed at the Huntington in 1999 - the first such bloom ever in California. That same plant bloomed once again in 2002.
Library spokeswoman Lisa Blackburn says the flower itself is beautiful, but "you just have to get past the stench."
The flower has already begun to close and is expected to fully close within a day or two.
After that, it's a guessing game as to when it will bloom again.
Corpse flowers come from Sumatra.
Some people travel the world hoping to witness the stinky plant at the moment it blooms.