A rare flower that smells and looks like rotting flesh has bloomed in the Botanic Gardens.
The Devil's Tongue, nicknamed ''Mr Stinky" by council staff, started flowering this week.
''In a few days it will start to send out waves of truly revolting scent,'' visitor services officer Charmaine Scott said.
''The flower is both sinister and elegantly beautiful - it would look right at home in a vampire's house.
"There is nothing beautiful about the smell though. In nature the plant is pollinated by flies so its strategy is to smell like a dead thing. It sure does and of course, kids love it."
The plant is relatively rare in New Zealand. It takes up to a decade to start flowering and usually only flowers twice.
"The flower itself only lasts for about a week so this is a brief opportunity for people to see - and smell - this special and revolting plant.''
Another Devil's Tongue at the Botanic Garden flowered last year.
- The Dominion Post
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