A Corpse Flower blooms at Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, Calif., near San Diego. The enormous, rare and very smelly Amorphophallus titanum, or titan arum is considered by some the superstar of the plant kingdom. Native to Indonesia, the plant rarely blooms in its 40-year life span, and not often in cultivation. For about eight hours during its blooming cycle it emits an odor likened to 'rotten eggs or road kill' to attract pollinating, carrion eating beetles, hence the name Corpse Flower. The plant begins as a large tuber. It then sends up a solitary pointed shoot that can grow at the rate of six inches a day, sometimes reaching 12 feet in height.