Botanists expect a very rare, very large, and very stinky flower to bloom this week in California. We'll check in on the progress of the flowering of the Amorphophallus titanum (a.k.a. the Titan Arum and the Corpse Flower). To date, only about 50 such flowerings have been recorded in the United States. A plant can go years between blooms -- but when one does bloom, a plant can reach over 6 feet tall, and 3 or 4 feet in diameter. Dimethyl disulfide and dimethyl trisulfide produced by the bloom gives the plant a very distictive aroma.
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