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"Corpse Flower" Starts To Bloom

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Credit: Michigan State University Credit: Michigan State University
(WLNS) - The campus of Michigan State University is about to smell like a rotting corpse.

That's because officials at the Beal Botanical Garden say the "corpse flower" has finally begun to open.

And when it does, the 5-foot tall Amorphophallus titanum will stink like a rotting body, or a pair of dirty socks.

The smell, really, is in the nose of the beholder.

To celebrate the stink (the flower only opens every few years, and only for a few days), the garden will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday night and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

The last time the flower bloomed was 2010. Before that, the last bloom took more than a decade.

Visitors can see the flower at MSU's Plant Biology Conservatory (Wilson Road, just east of Farm Lane).

Parking can be found in the lot next to MSU's Children's Garden, off of Bogue Street, and also at the Wharton Center Ramp No. 3, off of Shaw Lane.

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