Corpse flower set to really stink out Gustavus

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A corpse flower in the U.S. Botanic Gardens (yes, it stinks, too)
You could excited about the Titan Arum, or Amorphophallus titanum, that's soon to bloom at Gustavus Adolphus College. After all, it's only found naturally in the tropical rain forests of Sumatra.

But what you really need to know is that the corpse flower, as it's more commonly known, stinks. Really stinks. Of rotting flesh. Putrid stuff that gets the mojo working in certain kinds of beetles attracted to it for breeding.

The folks at Gustavus are pretty excited about all this. They've given it a name (Perry), a blog (Titan Surge! was a recent headline) and they've even set up a webcam so you can track Perry's progress.

About 7,000 people came to catch a whiff of Perry's "rotting dead mice" odoriferousness in 2007.


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