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Residents startled as stinky flowers bloom

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 9 2018   /  03:11 am

Pretty in purple: An elephant foot yam blooms in the front yard of a house in Pancoran Mas, Depok, West Java. It is the first time that the flower, which gives off a pungent smell, has appeared in the area.(JP/Sausan Atika Maesara)It was just before sunset last week when Dyah Ayu found the source of a rotting smell similar to a rat carcass that had been spreading around her residence since the night before.What she found growing in her neighbor’s yard startled her. It was a burgundy-colored flower that was unleashing the foul odor, as Dyah, along with some residents living on Jl Beo in Ciputat, South Tangerang, Banten, discovered when thoroughly inspecting a next-door garden located just a few meters from her house.The flower, which was about 45 centimeters in diameter and 30 cm in height, has a small cylindrical blossom subtended by a large bract. “We felt dizzy by the rotten pungen...