Rare flowers that smell like rotting flesh are blooming at Ohio State

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – For the first time in five years, a titan arum is blooming at Ohio State.

Even more exciting, is that OSU’s Biological Sciences Greenhouse has two of the stinky flowers in bloom.

The titan arum, also known as the corpse flower, is the largest unbranched flower in the world. In the wild, they only grow in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, according to Ohio State.

When it opens, the flower smells like rotting meat. The smell attracts flies, which act as pollinators.

The blooming of a titan arum is rare. Ohio State’s biological Sciences Greenhouse had Ohio’s first document bloom of the plant in 2011. Ohio State’s last titan arum bloom was in 2013.

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