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Corpse flower set to bloom at United State Botanic Garden Conservatory

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The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), also known as the corpse flower or stinky plant, is about to bloom at the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory.

Once fully open, it may remain in bloom for 24 to 48 hours, and then it will collapse quickly. The renown of the titan arum comes from its great size - it is reputed to have the largest known unbranched inflorescence in the plant kingdom.

Referred to as the corpse flower or stinky plant, its putrid smell is most potent during peak bloom at night into the early morning. The odor is often compared to the stench of rotting flesh.

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