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Ohio State awaiting 3rd 'corpse flower' bloom

May. 13, 2013 @ 07:25 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Researchers at an Ohio State University greenhouse are awaiting a rare second bloom by one of the rain forest plants known as "corpse flowers" because of their unpleasant odor.

The university says the nearly 6-foot titan arum is expected to open this week, releasing another round of its rotting-flesh smell a little over two years after the plant first flowered.

A second corpse flower opened briefly at the greenhouse last May.

A school spokeswoman tells The Columbus Dispatch cultivators at Ohio State are lucky to have three blooms in three years. Each brief bloom attracts visitors hoping to catch a glimpse or a whiff of it.

The plant expected to bloom soon is nicknamed "Woody," after Buckeyes football coach Woody Hayes.