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PHOTOS: Rare 'corpse flower' impresses crowd at Franklin Park Zoo

Crowds got a chance to peak at the rare bloom of a 'titan arum' specimen, which offers a distinctive smell.

Curiosity-seekers were able to catch a glimpse of the bloom of a "corpse flower" at The Franklin Park Zoo this week.

The flower, known to scientists as titan arum, lays dormant foryears between its very short-lived blooms, lasting about 24 to 48 hours. The plant can grow as big as nine feet tall and six feet wide.

The unique plant is also known for the extraordinary rotting smell it emits upon those blooms, according to zoo officials.

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