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.
Online: Ohio State University greenhouse updates: http://bioscigreenhouse.osu.edu/titan-arum