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Titan Arum, Stinky 'Corpse Flower,' Set To Bloom At UConn

STORRS, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- What's that smell?

The University of Connecticut will be a bit stinky soon thanks to its rare "corpse flower" which is known to emit an odor similar to that of rotting meat. It is about to break forth into bloom sometime in the next two weeks.

It'll be the first time since 2007 that the exotic Sumatran plant, the Titan Arum, has bloomed at UConn and only the third time since the seed was planted in 1994.

It's now 12 feet high with a flower bud more than four feet tall -- and growing more than three inches a day.

The exact bloom date can't be determined, but UConn will keep its conservatory open late on the night of the big bloom.

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