NYBG's last corpse flower bloomed in 2016, and it may be several years before one of their other specimens is ready to open up. The species spends most of its time under the ground, growing shoots every year or so. But when it flowers (about once every decade) its frilly spathe—which is actually a modified leaf—turns bright red and flops open like a big ol' flower framing its spadix (the white spike in the center). While that unfurling leaf looks like a flower in and of itself, it's actually just surrounding clusters of tiny flowers around the spadix. Male and female flowers blossom on a staggered schedule to prevent self-pollination, and meanwhile the spadix gets warm (about as hot as a human body, in fact) to spew a noxious odor out into the air. Well, noxious to humans—it's usually compared to the stench of rotting meat, or at best the essence of some very sweaty socks—but quite sexy to carrion beetles, which come in search of a decomposing meal and leave with corpse flower pollen in tow, hopefully having deposited some from another Amorphophallus titanum during their visit.