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Rare corpse flower blooms at Cal Poly

Posted at 9:26 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 01:38:23-04

The corpse flower has finally bloomed at Cal Poly.

Its name is "Musty."

The Titan Arum usually takes about ten years or more to bloom and it smells like rotting flesh. They can grow more than 10 feet high and four feet in diameter.

The university said in a press release their horticulture and botany students have been growing the plant for several years and this is the plant's first flower. Cal Poly officials said they have been growing this kind of plant for 17 years, but this particular bloom is five years old.

The Cal Poly College of Science and Mathematics Facebook says the plant can be viewed on July 9 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and July 10 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A livestream of the corpse flower is also available on YouTube.