U of M's Corpse Flower is once again ready to make a big stink

Mmmm rotting meat.
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Starting Thursday, there's an opportunity for Minnesotans to sample a noxious, fetid stench without having to travel all the way to Lambeau Field.

That's because Amorphophallus titanum, otherwise known as the "Corpse Flower," is set to bloom again at the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences Conservatory.

The conservatory is open for public viewing (and smelling) between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. starting Thursday, and ending whenever the flower closes.

The flower, named Chauncy, is native to Sumatra's equatorial rainforests and the species is known to release a scent similar to rotting meat.

Sounds great, doesn't it?

Nonetheless there remains a fascination with the flower because of its impressive size (up to six-feet tall) and its limited blooming time.

Chauncy first bloomed in 2016 and is set to do so again this week. Amorphophallus titanum is an endangered species and according to the U of M conservatory's curator Lisa Philander, is a "treasured collectors item for botanical gardens around the world."

You can find the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory at 1534 Lindig St. in St. Paul.

If you're not able to make the trip to the conservatory, you can watch a live stream of its bloom here – though you should maybe leave a steak on your kitchen counter for a few days to recreate the true effect.

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