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Fragrant or foul, what makes flowers smell the way they do

Published 09/07/2013, INFORUM

More than 130,000 people visited the U.S. Botanic Garden in July, many just to see a single flower. The bloom of the titan arum is notable for three things. First, it’s enormous: The flower doubled the height of the plant from 4 to 8 feet. Second, it’s rare: Since it takes so much energy to produce a flower of that size, the bloom was 10 years in the making. Finally, it stinks: The titan arum’s blossom is known as the “corpse flower,” because it reeks of rotting flesh.

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