Smelly Plant Blooms In Davis

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 7, 2007

"It’s opening, it’s opening, it’s opening! Did you smell it? How was it? Stinky."

Biologists at the university originally predicted it would open this past weekend. But it didn’t start blooming until 1PM Monday. The Indonesian plant attracts pollinating insects by imitating a large chunk of rotting meat.

Ernesto Sandoval, with the university’s Botanical Conservatory, says the rare bloom is fascinating. 

"When it unravels it’s going to look like a really beautiful, large, giant, rotting carcass-looking like funnel. It’s starting to smell a little bit."

The conservatory will stay open until 10 PM Monday so that visitors can see the plant – dubbed “Ted the Titan.”