Rare, Stinky Flower Attracts 5,000 to Belgian Botanical Garden

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titan arum © Keoki Seu

The Corpse Flower attracts its pollinators by smelling like rotting flesh, so of course 5,000 people were drawn like blowflies to the National Botanic Garden of Belgium last week to see it bloom.

The titan arum plant, as it is known in botanical circles, is a rare specimen to see in bloom as it only flowers every few years at most. The specimen in Belgium weighs over 300 pounds and stands an imposing eight feet tall.

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