Corpse Flower Blooms For First Time At WSU Vancouver Campus

VANCOUVER, Wa.– It’s very different and depending upon what your sniffer tells you, it can smell like dirty socks or like garbage.

Many say though the Corpse Flower smells like something died. A rare flower has started to bloom on the Washington State University campus in Vancouver. University officials say the plant started blooming at 8:00 P.M. last night…and the bloom will last only 24-to-48-hours.

It’s called the Corpse Flower, named for its putrid smell when it blooms. Professor Steve Sylvester had the flower in a pot on its desk, and as it grew he moved it outside to a public place on the campus.

He says they’re expecting up to 30-Thousand  people to show up on campus to watch the bloom and smell the scent.  Professor Sylvester has had the plant for 17 years.  He’s ordered pollen from across the country in the hope of developing future plants formally called Titan Arum a giant Sumatran flower.

The flower can be viewed until 9:00 P.M. tonight and tomorrow night. 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.  Just before noon today people were lined up around the Science and Engineering building to see it.

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