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We Saw The Corpse Flower In Bloom And It Was Disgustingly Beautiful

It brought tears to our eyes — literally.

Posted on July 29, 2016, at 5:58 p.m. ET

After nearly 80 years, the famous corpse flower has finally bloomed this week at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

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According to the NYBG, the rare plant, Amorphophallus titanum (also known as Titan arum), hasn't bloomed since 1939.

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Side note: Amorphophallus titanum literally translates to "giant weird-shaped dick." ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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The flower gets its name from the odor it releases when bloomed, often compared to the smell of rotting flesh.

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I couldn't smell it at first, but after going to a "designated area," the aroma could not be missed.

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The plant drew a very large crowd, with wait times up to two hours to catch a glimpse.

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Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

The flower was also recently mentioned in the first sneak peek of the highly anticipated Gilmore Girls reboot.

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"It's not like ... I have that plant strapped to me that only blooms once every 50 years and smells disgusting," Lorelai exclaims to Rory.

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If you live in the NYC area and want to see it for yourself, act fast. The unpredictable plant's bloom will likely last only for another day or two.

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Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

If you can't make it there IRL, check out the livestream below!

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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