UPDATE: Corpse flower blooms at UW-Madison greenhouse

UPDATED Thursday, August 1, 2013 --- 3:13 p.m.

The corpse flower at the D.C. Smith Greenhouse on the UW-Madison campus is blooming.

The following message has been posted on the greenhouse's Facebook page:

As of 1PM today our titan flower started to open! We love company so feel free to stop by Thursday or Friday to experience this unique flower. We will remain open today and tomorrow until 9PM.

The DC Smith Greenhouse is on the corner of Babcock and Linden Drives on the UW Campus. We will be open Thursday and Friday until 9PM while the Titan is in bloom.

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UPDATED Thursday, August 1, 2013 --- 11:58 a.m.

The UW-Madison is offering live streaming video of the corpse flower.

You can view it by clicking HERE.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 31, 2013 --- 8:31 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison says a stinky corpse flower is blooming at its greenhouse this week.

The flower of the Titan Arum plant is known as a corpse flower because of the foul odor it emits when it blooms, similar to rotting meat. The smell attracts carrion beetles and flesh flies that pollinate the plant.

D.C. Smith Greenhouse manager Johanna Oosterwyk says the plant started giving off a mild foul odor on Monday. It grows strong as the flower blooms. The flower lasts just 24 to 48 hours before collapsing.

The plant's first bloom was in September 2010. A second bloom started to emerge this spring.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2013 --- 9:09 a.m.

The Titan Arum plant, otherwise known as the corpse flower, at the UW-Madison's D.C. Smith Greenhouse is set to bloom this week.

The corpse flower is known for the smell it gives off, which is akin to rotting meat. The scent is meant to attract carrion beetles and flesh flies, which typically pollinate the plant.

The D.C. Smith Greenhouse's plant started giving off a mild foul odor Monday morning. The greenhouse manager predicts it will bloom today or Wednesday.

Once it starts to bloom, the flower will last between 24-48 hours before it collapses.

This will be this plant's second bloom.

To follow updates on the corpse flower and get more details about the D.C. Smith Greenhouse, click HERE.


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