The Smell of Rotting Flesh Draws Visitors

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    UConn
    The rare Corpse Flower.

    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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    Online:

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

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