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.