The Smell of Rotting Flesh Draws Visitors

Tuesday, May 14, 2013  |  Updated 8:30 PM EDT
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The Smell of Rotting Flesh Draws Visitors

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The rare Corpse Flower.

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Researchers at an Ohio State University greenhouse are awaiting a rare second bloom by a rainforest plant known as a corpse flower because of its 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 more than two years after it first flowered.

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

A university spokeswoman tells The Columbus Dispatch cultivators 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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Ohio State University greenhouse updates: http://bioscigreenhouse.osu.edu/titan-arum

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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