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Corpse Flower Blooms in St. Paul

The corpse flower, a rare plant from Sumatra that only blooms once every 15 years, bloomed Wednesday at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, the Star Tribune reported. The Pioneer Press reported that the bloom would last for about a day.
When in bloom, the corpse flower emits an odor of rotting flesh (hence its name) and actually heats up in order to attract insects to pollinate the flower, the Pioneer Press reported.
The plant, and its odor, drew visitors like Linda Peterson who, standing before the bloom taking pictures, wanted to “experience it in its glory.?
“Let's face it, sometimes we have to take the good with the bad,? she said. “I've never smelled death but ohhh ...? (Star Tribune)
The Star Tribune reported that only 122 corpse flower plants have been known to bloom worldwide. This is the second blooming to take place in Minnesota. Last spring, a larger corpse flower bloomed at Gustavus Adolphus College.