Rare 'corpse flower' about to unleash stench at U of M

- A rare “corpse flower” at the University of Minnesota is poised to unleash its rotten stench as it starts to bloom for the first time in seven years.

The corpse flower, or titan arum, emits an odor like rotting meat when it blooms and often reaches a height of six feet, according to the university’s website.

Tens of thousands of visitors often show up to see and smell corpse flowers when they bloom. But corpse flowers do not bloom for long; they typically stay open - and smelly - for only a few days before becoming dormant again. 

Visitors will be able to view and smell the corpse flower at the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory on the U’s St. Paul campus beginning Feb. 1.

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