Stinky flower at MSU

The smell of death in the air at Michigan State University drew crowds following the blooming of the corpse flower. The roughly 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. Hundreds of people stood in line Tuesday to see the flower at the Plant Biology Conservatory. The bloom only lasts a few days. The plant last bloomed in 2010 and before that in 1995. Julia Jackson tells that she stood in line for nearly an hour with her 4-year-old grandson, Parker, who wanted to see what the boy calls the “stinky flower.” People also took photos with the plant.  (AP)

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