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Stinky corpse flower blooms again at Ohio State

People look at a titan arum (a corpse flower) in the national botanic garden in Meise, Belgium on July 9.

Photo: AFP

A large rainforest plant known as a corpse flower because of its awful smell is blooming again at an Ohio State University greenhouse, and there is more excitement because another corpse flower there is expected to open soon.

A 183cm titan arum opened on May 14 to release its rotting-flesh smell two years after it first flowered. A second corpse flower opened briefly at the greenhouse last May, and a third is expected to open in seven to 10 days.

Despite extended visiting hours, visitors have little time to catch a whiff because the rare blooms sometimes last only a day or less.

Spokeswoman Sandi Rutkowski says having three or four blooms within three years is lucky but also is a tribute to the skill of cultivators at the greenhouse.








1. greenhouse n.

溫室 (wen1 shi4)

例: She has more than 200 plant species in her greenhouse.


2. whiff n.

氣味 (qi4 wei4)

例: Did you get a whiff of the chicken roasting?


3. a tribute to idiom

歸功 (gui1 gong1)

例: This season’s success is a tribute to your hard work.


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