Ohio State awaiting rare 3rd 'corpse flower' bloom

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Researchers at an Ohio State University greenhouse are awaiting a rare second bloom by one of the rain forest plants known as "corpse flowers" because of their unpleasant odor.

The university says the nearly 6-foot titan arum is expected to open this week, releasing another round of its rotting-flesh smell a little over two years after the plant first flowered.

A second corpse flower opened briefly at the greenhouse last May.

A school spokeswoman tells The Columbus Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/15FLGSU ) cultivators at Ohio State are lucky to have three blooms in three years. Each brief bloom attracts visitors hoping to catch a glimpse or a whiff of it.

The plant expected to bloom soon is nicknamed "Woody," after Buckeyes football coach Woody Hayes.
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Online: Ohio State University greenhouse updates: http://bioscigreenhouse.osu.edu/titan-arum

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