Huge crowds have gathered to see the rare blooming of a flower famous for its disgusting odour at the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden in South Australia.
One of the world's largest flowers, Titan arum is nicknamed the "corpse flower" for its scent, which is often described as akin to rotting flesh.
The scent only appears when the flower blooms, which is an exceedingly rare event. The blooming is only fleeting, lasting for around two days before the flower collapses.
"Flowering events are rare because the plant is so difficult to cultivate, even in optimum conditions," said Matt Coulter, horticultural curator at the gardens.
"The fact the flower, and its signature stench, will only last around 48 hours before it collapses on itself, makes it a must-see event for plant lovers and curious souls alike."
The seed for the Mount Lofty flower, named "Indah", was sourced through a donation in 2006.
It's proved a HUGE hit. 1500 people trawled through the glasshouse where the flower is housed in the first two hours it was on display.
Through the day, the lines only grew. Thousands gathered to see the rare blooming of the Titan arum – and to experience the nauseating scent.
The police had to post a cautionary tweet warning people about the traffic.
They even had to EXTEND THE OPENING HOURS so more people could see it!
And the people loved it.
The flower might be open for a second day of viewing, but it depends on the condition – remember, nothing lasts forever.
Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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