72370036 Smells Like Something Died In Here

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Hundreds of people are flocking to get a whiff – and a view – of one of the world’s largest and smelliest flowers.

The so-called “corpse flower,” which only blooms once every few years, can be seen Thursday and Friday at the University of Washington’s botany greenhouse. The corpse flower’s huge bud has been growing for days, and it began blooming Wednesday at about 10pm.

When the greenhouse reopened at 8 am Thursday, a long line of people had already formed to see the smelly celebrity flower. The plant last bloomed about 2 1/2 years ago. The flower’s putrid fragrance, which has been likened to rotting meat, is strongest when the corpse flower first blooms, but it still emits a scent for a day or two afterward. Visitors to the UW’s botany greenhouse are welcome…if you’re into bad smells, that is.


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