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Corpse Flowers, Which Smell Like Rotting Flesh, Are Blooming Around The World

Thousands of botanical fans are taking in the scent of rotting flesh before the odorous flowers – which only bloom every three or four years – collapse and go dormant once again.

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In California, there's a flower named Trudy that only blooms every few years. Once it blooms, the odorous plant commonly known as a “corpse flower” will release a scent similar to rotting flesh so strong that it can be smelled over half a mile away.

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Thousands are expected to visit Trudy at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley while she’s blooming. Formally named Titan Arum, these rare, gigantic flowers only bloom every few years.

Just how bad is the smell? A local ABC affiliate asked the garden's director to explain:


Trudy is owned by a local collector who loans the flower to the university when it’s blooming to escape the foul odor.

The UC Botanical Garden has enjoyed eight Corpse Flower blooms since 2008. In addition to Trudy, the Garden has also been home to plants nammed Odora, Odoardo, Maladora, and Little Stinker.

Trudy first bloomed in 2005, when the plant was 13 years old.

Cambridge University also has a Corpse Flower, which was on display this past weekend.

And a few days before that, North Carolina's Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden had one in bloom.

Naturally, people are flocking from far and wide to get selfies with these pungent plants.

Nothing like the smell of rotting flesh in the summertime.

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