‘Corpse Flower’ Ready To Bloom

Get a whiff of this. A foul-smelling plant known as a “corpse flower” is expected to bloom soon at the University of Minnesota.

The titan arum is native to Sumatra’s equatorial rain forests. The plant emits an odor like rotting meat while it’s briefly in bloom.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1NJwt2K ) reports the corpse flower at the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus is expected to bloom this week.

The public is invited to view and smell the flower between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The flower can reach heights of 6 feet. It emits the stench to attract pollinators.

Corpse flower blooms last only a few days. The conservatory’s corpse flower last bloomed seven years ago.

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