Stinky corpse flower blooms again at Ohio State

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Dan Hagen of Berlin, Conn., smells the University of Connecticut's rare "corpse flower", the bud of the exotic Sumatran plant, the Titan Arum, in Storrs, Conn., Friday, June 17, 2011.  The plant has bloomed only twice since the seed was planted in 1994, and previous blooms in 2004 and 2007 drew scores of visitors. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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Dan Hagen of Berlin, Conn., smells the University of Connecticut's rare "corpse flower", the bud of the exotic Sumatran plant, the Titan Arum, in Storrs, Conn., Friday, June 17, 2011. The plant has bloomed only twice since the seed was planted in 1994, and previous blooms in 2004 and 2007 drew scores of visitors. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A large rainforest plant known as a corpse flower because of its awful smell is blooming again at an Ohio State University greenhouse, and there's more excitement because another corpse flower there is expected to open soon.

A 6-foot titan arum opened Tuesday to release its rotting-flesh smell two years after it first flowered. A second corpse flower opened briefly at the greenhouse last May, and a third is expected to open in seven to 10 days.

Despite extended visiting hours, visitors have little time to catch a whiff because the rare blooms sometimes last only a day or less.

Spokeswoman Sandi Rutkowski says having three or four blooms within three years is lucky but also is a tribute to the skill of cultivators at the greenhouse.

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