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Rare ‘Corpse Flower’ to Bloom at SJ State, Unleashing Its Putrid Fragrance

Titan arum, commonly known as the corpse flower, is expected to bloom for the first time in the coming days at San Jose State University’s tropical greenhouse, university officials said.

The 30-foot-tall plant, named Tree Titan, is expected to bloom sometime between Sunday

Fresh Titan, 9-foot-tall Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum; sometimes called corpse flower). SJSU via Bay City News

And on Tuesday, it only stays open for 24 to 36 hours. The flower, when it blooms, will smell like rotting flesh, and will return to its name as the flower of the corpse.

The plant, which is extremely rare with only about 1,000 plants in the wild, is considered the first corpse flower bloom in recorded history in Silicon Valley. The loss of habitat contributed to the plant becoming even more common.

The corpse flower is the unbranched inflorescence, or cluster of flowers on a main stem, the largest in the world, when the plant often reaches a height of over 10 meters.

The greenhouse is not open to the public, but the blooms can be Watched live.

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