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June 8, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Tonight’s the night corpse flower will blossom; sniffs welcome til 11 p.m.

Botanists at the University of Washington are “99% sure” their corpse flower will blossom tonight (June 8), exuding its namesake stench.

See this earlier Field Notes entry for a picture of the Sumatra native that local scientists have coaxed into blooming far from home.

The UW Botany greenhouse will be open until 11 p.m. tonight, with the prime sniffing period expected to begin around 9 p.m.

The smell, which has been likened to rotting meat, is meant to attract the carrion beetles and flies that pollinate the plant. The aroma is strongest the night the flower opens, but whiffs can linger into the following morning.

Updates will be posted to the UW Biology Facebook page.

Directions to the greenhouse are here. Even after the greenhouse closes, the plant can be seen through the windows. Perhaps your nose will lead you to it.

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