17 Apr '11, 3am

Giant 'corpse flower', which smells like rotting flesh, set to bloom in the US after a decade of cultivation

Giant 'corpse flower', which smells like rotting flesh, set to bloom in the US after a decade of cultivation

A man poses next to the Amorphophallus, also known as the Titan Arum or Corpse flower. -- PHOTO: AP COLUMBUS (Ohio) - SPRING is in the air, and that means an unpleasant smell for one greenhouse at Ohio State University. An 2.4m tall rain forest plant that's known as a 'corpse flower' because it smells like rotting flesh is getting ready to bloom. The Columbus Dispatch reports greenhouse coordinator Joan Leonard has been growing the flowers since 2001, and this would be the first of five to bloom. Leonard says smelling the Amorphophallus titanium for the first time will be the culmination of a decade of work. But it will be a quick experience because the flower withers after a day or two. She expects the bloom to open in May, revealing its umbrella-sized 'petals.' When that happens, the university will have visiting hours to give people a peek at the rare plant. -- AP

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