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Corpse flower in bloom in Belgium; hold your nose!

Tuesday - 7/9/2013, 10:55am  ET

A woman looks at the Amorphophallus Titanum, also known as the Titan Arum or Corpse flower, because of it's smell, one of the world's largest flowers, at the National Botanic Garden in Meise near Brussels, Monday, July 8, 2013. The rare phallus-like flower that springs from the plant only survives about 72 hours. (AP photo/Yves Logghe)

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Tourists are lining up in Belgium for the chance to visit a huge, foul-smelling plant.

The national botanical garden was staying open until dusk for a second day Tuesday to give as many people as possible a view of the titan arum -- also known as the corpse flower -- that's towering over the visitors.

At the heart of the flower a huge column rises upward to the sky and is responsible for the smell that resembles a decomposing animal.

The rare Sumatran plant has now flowered three times since 2008, a feat in itself. At its height this year, it measured 2.44 meters (8 feet). It only flowers for three days, and is expected to wane on Wednesday.


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