Rare corpse flower bloom soon at MSU

An undated photo provided by Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., shows the school’s corpse flower, which briefly blooms at long intervals and emits a foul stench. (AP Photo/Michigan State University, Peter Carrington)
An undated photo provided by Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., shows the school’s corpse flower, which briefly blooms at long intervals and emits a foul stench. (AP Photo/Michigan State University, Peter Carrington)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The smell of death will soon be in the air at Michigan State University with the blooming of the corpse flower.

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 and says 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 to 4 p.m. on weekend days at the Plant Biology Conservatory.

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