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"Corpse flower" to cause rotting flesh smell in Des Moines

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

The corpse flower isn't something you'd want to bring to a dinner party.

A rare and rancid smell will soon fill the air at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. A flower, known as "the corpse flower," releases a rotting flesh smell when it blooms.

The smell attracts beetles and flies that the plant needs for pollination. The flower in Des Moines is estimated to be more than four feet tall.

Watch a live stream of the corpse flower's bloom through the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden's YouTube page.

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