A rare Honolulu plant with a foul fragrance attracted a lot of flower fans this week.
The corpse flower was in bloom, which doesn't happen all that often.
"This was the first time it has bloomed for us. It took 10 years," said Foster Botanical Garden horticulturist Scot Mitamura.
The plant's unusual odor normally attracts a certain type of beetle for pollination. At the garden in Honolulu, it instead attracted a crowd of people interested in the stinky smell.
Many lined up to put their nose up to the large flower, then took a whiff.
"Smells like something you'd find on the beach, out of a shell, something dead," said Aliamanu resident Kent Thompson.
"It smelled like a dead rat. It was very stinky," said Waimanalo resident Isaiah Meheula-Lando.
Forget fragrant flower smells; the corpse flower was filled with stench.
"I thought it smelled like dead fish on the beach," said Tom Mull of Makiki.
Even though the garden's conservatory reeked like rotting flesh, the corpse flower brought in those with a curious nose.
"It was a huge draw for us. Some days, we get 50 to 60 people in the garden, but hundreds of people were pouring in all day long," said Mitamura.
Mitamura hoped many also looked around at the thousands of other unique flowers, plants and trees in the urban garden during the brief time the corpse flower bloomed.
It was not an experience for those with a sensitive nose. Instead, it was for those who could brave the bouquet of a dead body.
Mitamura said the corpse flower only blooms every three to five years.