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'Corpse flower' expected to bloom on Oahu

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A horrible smell is expected to waft out of the Foster Botanical Garden on Oahu this week. A flower that smells like rotting flesh will be in full bloom.

Botanists predict the Amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower, will start blooming around Tuesday. When it blooms, the flower emits a distinct odor, which is meant to attract beetles and flies for pollination.

The bloom only happens once every three to five years. At roughly four feet tall, the "corpse flower" is the largest flower in the world.

 

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