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Rare corpse flower blooms

June 28, 2014
Nicole Grulke - News Staff Writer , Alpena News

Alpena native Jan Szyren has been working in the greenhouse at Michigan State University for 20 years, and has only seen the rare corpse flower bloom twice since it was brought to the university. Szyren is now the greenhouse manager and horticulturilist, and was estatic to see the rancid smelling flower bloom again just days ago in the greenhouse. The formal name for the around 5 foot tall flower is Amorphophallus titanum, but it has been nicknamed the "corpse flower" because it smells like a rotting corpse.



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