Rare stinky corpse flower blooming at UC Santa Barbara, only 100 blooms in last century

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - An Indonesian flower famous for its foul odor is unfurling its putrid blossom at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The school says its greenhouse will be open to the public during the one-day blooming of the so-called corpse flower.

Unlike other flowers that rely on bees for pollination, this one counts on flies. It attracts them with the smell of rotting flesh, and they in turn spread its sticky pollen.

Its nauseating scent comes from two sulfur-producing chemicals within its leaves.

The UCSB plant is four feet tall and growing rapidly. A live webcam of the plant can be found here:  http://bit.ly/titanarum

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