You can get a better idea of the tremendous growth of this rare plant by watching a time-lapse video created by the Botanical Gardens, which you can see below.
The time-lapse video starts at the end of July when Morty was placed on display and continues until after the flower flops over, a total of about three weeks.
The plant grew quickly–about five inches a day– and attained a height of 7 1/2 feet. It might bloom only once a decade.
Jeff Thompson, director of horticulture at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, noted that the flower was 18 inches tall in the middle of July when he left for vacation, and when he came back a week later, it was four feet tall. That rate of growth would be like a human starting as a newborn and in 11 days growing to the size of a schoolbus, he said.
The corpse flower or Amorphophallus titanum is known for its horrible aroma, which smells like rotting flesh.
Morty is still on display and should continue to be displayed for another week or two, Thompson said. If you saw the plant in bloom, you might want to visit again to get a different view: You can actually get a peek inside the corpse flower through a hole cut into the flower.