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  • Rare 'corpse flower' about to bloom at U. of I. greenhouse

    Greenhouse Manager Debbie Black stands by the university's titan arum, commonly called a corpse flower, in the Plant Biology Greenhouse. The 10-year-old plant, expected to bloom for the first time around July 14 or 15, will emit a pungent odor reminiscent of decaying meat to attract pollinating insects.

    Greenhouse Manager Debbie Black stands by the university's titan arum, commonly called a corpse flower, in the Plant Biology Greenhouse. The 10-year-old plant, expected to bloom for the first time around July 14 or 15, will emit a pungent odor reminiscent of decaying meat to attract pollinating insects.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor's note: To contact Debbie Black, call 217-333-7857; email black3@life.illinois.edu.