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Stinky 'Corpse Flower' Blooms At Botanic Gardens

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Corpse flower (Titan Arum) in bloom at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in July 2008.
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Corpse flower (Titan Arum) in bloom at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in July 2008.

A rare flower is blooming at the National Botanic Gardens. It's quite a sight and soon to be... quite a smell.

Botanic Gardens spokesman Ari Novy says the titan arum is better known by its well-earned nickname — the corpse plant.

"It's called the corpse plant because it emits a very foul odor that is reminiscent of a rotting corpse, and it does that specifically to attract insects that like rotting corpses."

Some like Alexis Rubio couldn't wait to check it out.

"I've actually seen it in books, and I've heard about it a little, but coming here, I didn't know it was actually here," says Rubio. "So this is a really good surprise for me."

A corpse plant hasn't bloomed in D.C. since 2007.

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