Michigan Braces for Stench of 'Corpse Flower'
Rare tropical bloom smells like death
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2014 12:01 AM CDT
A "corpse flower", also known as titan arum, blooms in Connecticut.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – The stench of death will soon hang heavy in Michigan and it's nothing to do with Detroit: The world's biggest and smelliest flower is expected to bloom at Michigan State University, giving off a stench that those who have smelled the "corpse flower" liken to rotting flesh or smelly socks, reports USA Today. Hundreds are expected to visit for a look at the rare flower, which has only bloomed once since 1995. "It's projected to bloom in the next week, and it will last only 24 to 48 hours," a university biologist tells MSU Today. "In any given decade, only a handful of corpse flowers bloom outside of their native habitat of Indonesia," where the stench attracts the carrion flies and beetles that act as pollinators.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 26, 2014 9:53 PM CDT
It would be cruel though if the bloom was for not. Surely they fly over some pollen from other corpse flowers to make it happy. Or maybe they just cross pollinate it with a black orchid and call it the Hillary plant.
Jun 20, 2014 5:20 PM CDT
Things like this flower are one of the reasons I believe in a "Creator". No way that flower just one day decided to smell like rotting meat in order to attract its pollinators.
Jun 19, 2014 10:59 AM CDT
"...nothing to do with Detroit". You are an idiot, Rob Quinn.