http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Odorous 'corpse flower' blooms again at Mo. Botanical Garden http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/odorous-corpse-flower-blooms-again-mo-botanical-garden <p>A second <em>Amorphophallus titanum</em> has bloomed at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It&rsquo;s known as the titan arum &ndash; the flower can reach over six feet tall &ndash; or the &ldquo;corpse flower&rdquo; for its strong smell of rotting meat. The odor attracts flies, which help pollinate the plant.</p><p>The corpse flower can go for years without blooming. When it does, the flower lasts just a few days. Fewer than 160 are known to have bloomed worldwide, in the almost 120 years since the plant was identified by scientists in Sumatra.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:17:49 +0000 VĂ©ronique LaCapra 3952 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Odorous 'corpse flower' blooms again at Mo. Botanical Garden