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Crowds line up to experience 'corpse flower' in DC

Monday - 7/22/2013, 3:30pm  ET

This photo provided by the U.S. Botanic Garden shows Titan arum, a giant rainforest plant that has been dubbed the "corpse flower" for its terrible smell, as it starts blooming Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the U.S. Botanic Garden next to the Capitol in Washington D.C. Experts had been anticipating its bloom for more than a week. Garden officials expect "peak smell" to occur early Monday morning, and the flower to remain open for an estimated 24 to 48 hours. Then it will begin to collapse on itself. The last corpse flower to bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden was in 2007. (AP Photo/U.S. Botanic Garden)
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'Corpse' plant blooms

Bill McLaughlin, plant curator at the U.S. Botanic Garden

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Curious crowds are experiencing the fleeting bloom of the unusual "corpse flower."

The 8-foot flower bloomed Sunday at the U.S. Botanic Garden next to the Capitol. But by the time visitors lined up Monday morning, Plant Curator Bill McLaughlin says the "incredible stench" of rotting flesh the flower is famous for had cleared out. The plant is native to the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Experts had anticipated the bloom for more than a week, and it is now expected to collapse on itself. The garden's last corpse flower bloom was in 2007.

Gene Granados heard about the bloom on the news while on a family trip to Washington. While he expected it to be smellier, he says it was still worth visiting.


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