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World’s Worst Smelling Flower Blooming at UW

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For two days only, the planet’s most putrid smelling botanical is stinking up the greenhouse at the University of Washington. And you’re invited to…. sniff.

Nicknamed the “corpse flower” for its rotting meat-emitting odor, the flower is usually grown in the rainforests of Indonesia and rarely cultivated.  The plant flowers only infrequently in the wild.  The plant in the UW started blooming on Wednesday night.  It last bloomed nearly 2 1/2 years ago.

When the greenhouse on the UW campus opened this morning at 8:00am, there was already a line of curious people waiting to get a whiff of the flower.  The smell will only continue for the first couple of days, so if you’d like to visit, you’re encouraged to head to the UW soon.  Public hours at the greenhouse are Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. The botany greenhouse is next to Kincaid Hall on Stevens Way.

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