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    Stinky flower ready to bloom

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Wait until the neighbours get a whiff of this.

    A giant exotic plant that has not bloomed in the Northeast in more than 60 years is ready to flower at the University of Connecticut's greenhouses. The "corpse flower" has the odour of three-day-old road kill, and UConn botanists couldn't be more excited. Once open, the spiked, bright red bloom even resembles rotting meat, a veritable welcome mat for the insects that pollinate it - flies and carrion beetles.

    "It looks like something has died. It smells like something has died. It has some of the same chemicals that dead bodies produce," UConn research assistant Matthew Opel said Tuesday.

    The corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) at UConn was planted 10 years ago and was part of a group of seeds brought to the United States from its native Sumatra by botanical explorer James Symon.

    The plant is expected to blossom in the next five to six days. Until it blooms, it's almost odourless. Already at just over a metre high, the flower could reach more than two metres high and at least that wide when it opens up.

    The stinky botanical curiosity is expected to attract visitors like . . . well, flies.

    The blossom lasts just two days before it begins to disintegrate, and UConn plans to extend visiting hours at the research greenhouse to accommodate the nosy. For the weak-stomached, a webcam on the UConn Internet site was expected to provide odourless footage of the flower.

    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNew...511346-ap.html

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    http://www.news.uconn.edu/2004/jun2004/rel04065.htm
    The live web cam site...just in case anyone wanted to see what the stinkin bloom looked like!

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    Wow ~ thanx fivekidz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    Wow ~ thanx fivekidz
    thank you for bringing it to the forum...after reading the headline...I decided I wanted to see this bloom for some reason...still not sure why...maybe just because it's different...and different is ok!

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    Wow. I wonder if I could a florist to deliver a bouquet of stink to my former boss. I really think there's a market for this flower!
    Step right up and see the Yakwoman! Only 25 cents a look!

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    LOL Yakwoman ~ I have had that webcam up on one of my browsers since yesterday..

    I wish that damn weed would do something

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    I am having trouble visualizing a flower as big as this one is going to be. Can you imagine having a beautiful flower that size? You'd make millions.

    Also, I think Yakwoman has a great business idea. Should we start marketing these? The perfect flower for breakups.

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    I am obsessed with the flower... but I wish it would do something!!

    I keep checking the webcam to it LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    I am obsessed with the flower... but I wish it would do something!!

    I keep checking the webcam to it LOL

    Yeah, me too! For some reason, that vile weed has a power over the Yakwoman!
    Step right up and see the Yakwoman! Only 25 cents a look!

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    Yakwoman... check out how big these things get

    http://www.news.wisc.edu/titanarum2001/photos.html


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    [QUOTE=Casshew]Yakwoman... check out how big these things get

    Yikes! That's sick! Yet, strangely fascinating! The "hand pollination" just killed me - reminds me of how they inseminate cows by hand! Ha
    Step right up and see the Yakwoman! Only 25 cents a look!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yakwoman
    reminds me of how they inseminate cows by hand! Ha
    Hey, thanx for that great visual Yakwoman

    Maybe the flower will move tomorrow? I wonder if its a gentle slow opening.. or if it's just a big whump... like when I take my girdle off?

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    I check on this bloom all the time, it doesn't look like it's doing anything! My daughter thinks it will peel like a bananna~

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    LOL I've got my father hooked on this weed now. He emailed me this morning to say he keeps checking it. It has some strange hypnotic effect on us

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    It's pretty sad when the first thing I do when I get up in the morning is check on this stupid plant! I guess it official - I don't have a life!!!
    Step right up and see the Yakwoman! Only 25 cents a look!

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