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Botanic Garden will soon smell like death

By Aubrey Pringle -- Medill News Service   |   July 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM

WASHINGTON, July 16 -- What's that smell? Nothing yet. The odorous, soon-to-bloom Titan Arum plant is drawing eager crowds at the U.S. Botanic Garden. The six-foot Indonesian flower has been on display since July 11, and officials said it will likely bloom Wednesday. When it does open - which only happens once every several years - the Titan Arum emits a smell reminiscent of rotting flesh, earning it the nickname "corpse flower."

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