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Jul 22, 2013

Flower, anyone? I wonder what kind of people the Capitol in Washington D.C. is trying to attract?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/smelly-washington-giant-corpse-flower-blooms-next-door-to-capitol-with-odor-of-rotting-flesh/2013/07/21/763a8826-f251-11e2-8464-57e57af86290_story.html

WASHINGTON — The long wait is finally over for visitors who have been yearning for a whiff of a giant flower that smells oddly like rotting flesh.

Titan arum, a giant rainforest plant that has been dubbed the “corpse flower” for its terrible smell, finally started blooming Sunday afternoon at the U.S. Botanic Garden next to the Capitol....

The titan arum is native to the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Garden officials expect “peak smell” to occur early Monday morning, and the flower to remain open for an estimated 24 to 48 hours. Then it will begin to collapse on itself. ...

Scientists say the flower’s strange odor serves to attract beetles or other insects that are normally drawn to rotting flesh....

“Over the last many years, this plant has proven to be the biggest attractor, not only of carrion beetles but of human beings that we’ve had,” Novy said. “It’s just got everything for a good mystery. It’s cryptic. It’s exotic. The timing is off. It’s inconsistent. It’s inconsiderate. It’s got all those great things. It’s from far away, and it smells bad, and people get interested.”


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