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Describe the process of the flower blooming

Titan Arum (Corpse Flower) in Bloom - Bronx, NY, Afternoon of June 27, 2019

The titan arum generally requires 7 to 10 years of vegetative growth before blooming for the first time.
Odor
As the spathe gradually opens, the spadix releases powerful odors to attract pollinators, insects which feed on dead animals or lay their eggs in rotting meat. The potency of the odor gradually increases from late evening until the middle of the night, when carrion beetles and flesh flies are active as pollinators, then tapers off towards morning. Analyses of chemicals released by the spadix show the stench includes dimethyl trisulfide (like limburger cheese), dimethyl disulfide, trimethylamine (rotting fish), isovaleric acid (sweaty socks), benzyl alcohol (sweet floral scent), phenol (like Chloraseptic), and indole (like feces). Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5upF4rJUxC4

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