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Corpse Flower Near Blooming In Texas

September 13, 2011 by  

HOUSTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) — The Houston Zoo announced its corpse flower, a large plant that gives off the stench of rotting meat, is expected to bloom in the coming days.

The zoo said the Amorphophallus titanum plant, native to Western Sumatra, is expected to bloom and begin giving off the insect-attracting corpse odor by the weekend.

The plant, dubbed Pewtunia by the zoo, is currently about 20 pounds and measures 2 feet, 6 inches tall. Officials said the flower could eventually grow to 8 feet.

Pewtunia will be on display at the zoo’s African Forest walk beginning Monday.

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