Stinky corpse flower blooms again at Ohio State University greenhouse

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A large, stinky rainforest plant known as a corpse flower is again blooming at an Ohio State University greenhouse, and a spokeswoman says there's more excitement because another corpse flower there is expected to open soon.

A 6-foot titan arum opened Tuesday to release its rotting-flesh smell two years after it first flowered. A second corpse flower opened briefly at the greenhouse last May, and a third is expected to open in seven to 10 days.

Despite extended visiting hours, visitors have little time to catch a whiff because the rare blooms sometimes last only a day or less.

Spokeswoman Sandi Rutkowski says having three or four blooms within three years is lucky but also is a tribute to the skill of cultivators at the greenhouse.
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Online: Ohio State University greenhouse updates: http://bioscigreenhouse.osu.edu/titan-arum

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