Corpse Flower To Bloom This Week

May 14, 2013

Researchers at an Ohio State University greenhouse in Columbus 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 bloom 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. 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.