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Giant, smelly corpse flower to bloom soon in River Falls

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A foul stench will soon be emitting from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus.

The River Falls Journal reports a massive corpse flower that's been growing in the university's greenhouse since 2001 is expected to bloom in the next few days--the second time in the plant's lifespan, which averages about 40 years.

A live video feed of the flower is available here

After opening, the Indonesian flower gives off an odor known to be reminiscent of a decomposing mammal or "a cross between rotting flesh and Limburger cheese."

In 2010, the flower bloomed in the evening and lasted only about seven hours before closing back up, the newspaper said.

A corpse flower at the University of Wisconsin-Madison also bloomed earlier this month.

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