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Smell Like a Rotting Corpse

April 28th, 2011 · No Comments

It is that time again folks!  Get ready to plug your nose!

A giant, rotting-flesh-scented flower was expected to draw 10,000 people to a Swiss garden to watch it bloom for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The nearly two-metre Amorphophallus titanum flower opened its giant petals Friday evening at Basel Botanical Gardens in Basel, Switzerland.

It has been 75 years since a plant of this variety has bloomed in Switzerland.

The bloom of the so-called “corpse flower” – coined for its foul smell to attract insects for pollination – is expected to last just a day or two until it wilts Saturday night or Sunday.

Just 134 of the cultivated flowers, native to Indonesia, have ever bloomed worldwide.

More than 100,000 have tuned in to an online webcam to witness the rare occurrence.

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