Rare, smelly corpse flower to soon bloom

The smell of death will soon be in the air at Michigan State University with the blooming of the corpse flower.
AP Wire
Jun 19, 2014

The 5-foot tall flower has the formal name Amorphophallus titanum. Its smell is described as like that of a rotting body, or sometimes merely like dirty socks.

Michigan State plant biologist Peter Carrington said Wednesday that the corpse flower is expected to bloom next week. It lasts only one or two days.

The plant last bloomed in 2010 and before that in 1995.

The public may see the flower from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and 1-4 p.m. on weekends at the Plant Biology Conservatory.

Comments

Lanivan

I have smelled this flower, and I think we are missing a rare opportunity to punish people, especially those who caused accidents because of talking on their phones while driving.

Round them all up and make them camp out in an enclosed, poorly-ventilated space while the plant is flowering, with threats of a follow-up visit if they don't shape up.

jlebrasseur

Agreed!

Barry Soetoro

Wow, L...so much anger...

Lanivan

I would prefer you use a different word - creative? Maybe you are projecting the trauma you must have felt, while running shirtless and in spandex, when women kayakers drove by you and yelled obscenities, poor guy.

Tri-cities realist

I wonder if theBee will be partaking in this flower's pollen

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