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Rain takes some of the 'stink' out of plant

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HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Heavy rain overnight in Hilo has washed some of the 'stink' out of the corpse plant that is blooming at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo.

Wednesday morning the Amorphophallus titanum better known as the corpse plant started to bloom.

Zoo officials say said the odor was almost unbearable. But after a night of rain the Spadix (long center part) of the bloom collapsed. Officials say there is still some odor, but not as strong as Wednesday.

Hundreds are turning out to get a whiff of this latest bloom. 860 turned out for a smell Thursday while 700 visited the Zoo on Wednesday. The Zoo is open every day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Amorphophallus titanum bloomed last April at the Zoo.

A plant in bloom is as rare as it is spectacular. A plant can go for many years without flowering, and when it does the bloom lasts only one or two days. This bloom is special because that means two Amorphophallus titanum's have bloomed in one year.

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