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Zoo invites visitors to stinky exhibit

Franklin Park Zoo officials say the corpse flower has bloomed.
Visitors at the U.S. Botanical Garden view a corpse flower in bloom in 2013.VisiGetty Images

Hold your nose an enjoy a rare botanical treat.

Franklin Park Zoo officials announced Sunday that the so-called corpse flower has bloomed and will be on display.

The flower, which zoo staff dubbed “Pugsly” will remain in bloom for only 24 to 48 hours.

The plant, Amorphophallus titanium, is commonly called the corpse flower because it emits an odor similar to that of a decaying carcass.

The flower, which originates in Sumatra, often goes several years between blooms. Some blooms are said to measure nine feet high and six feet wide.

 

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