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Don’t blink; this flower only briefly in spotlight


April 22, 2013
By The Canadian Press

April 22, 2013, Edmonton — A corpse flower in Edmonton is almost ready to bloom.

April 22, 2013, Edmonton — A corpse flower in Edmonton is almost ready to bloom.

City spokeswoman Gayleen Froese says staff at the Muttart Conservatory are comparing the giant plant to a pregnant woman whose water has broken.

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She says there’s a small opening at the top of the plant and a faint odour like vinegar.

Staff are anxiously expecting the flower to pop open in the next few days.

The tropical plant, found in the wild in Indonesia, produces a large purple-reddish bloom and smells like rotting meat.

The bizarre stench lasts only for one day, so staff plan to alert curious visitors on Facebook and Twitter.


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