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Pungent 'corpse flower' expected to bloom today

The so-called corpse flower is expected to bloom this week. (Image: Foster Botanical Garden) The so-called corpse flower is expected to bloom this week. (Image: Foster Botanical Garden)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Botanists predict the Amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower, at the Foster Botanical Garden on Oahu will open Wednesday afternoon. 

This rare, exotic flower only blooms once every three to five years. It started dropping its sheathing on Tuesday.

At roughly four feet tall, the Amorphophallus titanum is the largest flower in the world. Contributing to the plant's exotic allure is its pungent odor of rotting flesh, which attract the beetles that pollinate the flower.  

You can get up close to the smelly plant at Foster Botanical Gardens. It's open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 50 N. Vineyard Blvd. in Honolulu.

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