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Foul smelling flower captivates greenhouse visitors

CHARLESTON, ILL - In summertime the campus of Eastern Illinois University is filled with brightly colored and fragrant flowers. However, for one day  every two years attention shifts away from these traditional flowers and moves to a very unusual plant housed inside the university's greenhouse. 

From July 2nd to the 3rd the corpse flower was in bloom. The aptly named plant emits a strong odor during its brief 24 hour bloom. 

"The spadix producing the aroma of rotting meat and and the spathe looking like rotting meat is what it uses to attract flies which are the pollinators." explains Greenhouse Manager Steven Malehorn 

Hundreds of visitors descended upon the greenhouse to get a peek at the reeking flower. While the brief bloom has ended for 2018, it is predicted to bloom again in 2020. 
 


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