Sunday 25 February 2018

Flower causes a blooming stink

A foul-smelling Indonesian corpse flower has bloomed at Washington State University
A foul-smelling Indonesian corpse flower has bloomed at Washington State University

After nearly three years of waiting, a flower at a university in the US has finally bloomed - but it did not smell like roses.

The Washington State University biology department says its so-called corpse flower finally opened up and unleashed its stink of rotting meat.

The Indonesian flower attracts pollinating insects by smelling like carrion when it blooms.

The department said about 550 people visited its botany greenhouse for the event, and suffered waves of nausea.

Greenhouse manager Doug Ewing and his associates coaxed the flower into bloom after nearly three years of dormancy.

Press Association

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