Consolidated Press News File

May 19, 2021

CALIFORNIA — After its owner wanted to share the unusual plant with his friends, residents of a San Francisco Bay Area city flocked to an abandoned Art Deco gas station to get a whiff of a blooming corpse flower which are famous for stench it produces as it blooms.

Solomon Leyva, an Alameda nursery owner who specializes in extremely rare plants, had been bragging about his amorphophallus titanum on social media.  When he saw that the giant blooming flower was attracting a lot of attention, he decided to wheel it to the abandoned gas station on Monday, where a line of people stretched down the street for most of the day, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing . . .  this guy comes down to the gas station with a crazy looking flower, man.  Next thing I know like ah hundreds or like thousands are around us, awesome dude!” said local resident Roland Forbes.

It was estimated that 1,400 people had shown up to catch a scent of the blooming plant.