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Rare 'corpse flower' to bloom in San Marino

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

May 26, 2010 11:07:21 PM PDT
The rare "corpse flower" is getting ready to bloom at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.Nearly 76,000 people line up to see and get a whiff of the gigantic Amorphophallus titanum more than a decade ago. At the time, it was only the 11th recorded bloom in the United States in 100 years.

Then a few years ago, one of its offspring drew more record crowds. The third flowering in 2009 was equally popular.

Now, the latest bloom is expected in the next two weeks between June 5th and 10th.

The huge and foul smelling flower lasts only a day or two, before it collapses.

This year's plant is decidedly smaller than the previous, but promises to be equally smelly.

The corpse flower is native to the rain forests of Sumatra and can reach more than 6 feet in height, opening to 3 to 4 feet in diameter.

The plant is most known for its foul odor.

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