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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Rare corpse flower set to bloom in

  • ST. LOUIS (AP) — A rare flower is about to bloom at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, but those who get close enough for a look should prepare for a bouquet that is not in the slightest bit floral.
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  • ST. LOUIS (AP) — A rare flower is about to bloom at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, but those who get close enough for a look should prepare for a bouquet that is not in the slightest bit floral.
    Amorphophallus titanum is the species name, but the tall and rare plant is more commonly known as the titan arum, or ‘‘corpse flower.’’ One whiff is all the explanation necessary — when another corpse flower bloomed earlier this year at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the university described the smell as ‘‘a cross between rotting flesh and Limburger cheese.’’
    Botanical Garden officials say few corpse flowers exist except in the wild, in a small area of Southeast Asia. Those that have been cultivated bloom only under controlled conditions inside a greenhouse, necessary to ensure the warmth that is vital to the process. The plants can bloom as often as every two to three years, or as infrequently as every 10 years.

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