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Natalie Kerr, River Falls, examines and sniffs the titan arum, which is blooming today in UWRF greenhouse behind the Agricultural Science building off South Third Street in River Falls. (Photo by Kathy M. Helgeson.)
Natalie Kerr, River Falls, examines and sniffs the titan arum, which is blooming today in UWRF greenhouse behind the Agricultural Science building off South Third Street in River Falls. (Photo by Kathy M. Helgeson.)

Rare flower attracts humans as well as flies

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Natalie Kerr came Tuesday morning to see the corpse flower for herself and to compare the odor of the flower blooming in the UW-River Falls greenhouse to the smell she is accustomed to in the morgue where she works.

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The odors are similar, said Kerr, who lives in River Falls.

The corpse flower began to bloom Monday afternoon and was in full bloom by about 8 p.m. Monday night. The flower last bloomed in October 2010.

The greenhouse is open today until 5 p.m. for anyone wanting to catch a glimpse and sniff the flower as it closes back up.

A live video feed is accessible at http://www.uwrf.edu/CAFES/corpseFlowerLive.cfm.

A time lapse of the flower blooming will be posted later today on the UWRF CAFES web page and on the main UWRF Facebook page.

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