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Visitors head to Chico State to smell the rare bloom of the Corpse Flower

Published On: Jun 19 2013 03:31:01 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 19 2013 03:34:10 PM CDT
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CHICO, Calif. -

Chico State's famous Corpse Flower is in bloom for the first time in three years.

The official name of the flower is Amorphophallus titanum, and it stands 66 inches tall.  

The prehistoric-looking flower, one of only a handful in California, smells like rotting flesh and attracts visitors from all over the North State.

After several days of anticipation, the flower finally bloomed around noon on Wednesday.

You can see it in the greenhouse behind the Physical Science building at Chico State.  The rare bloom is expected to draw a crowd over the next few days.

KRCR News Channel 7 will have reaction from the first visitors Wednesday night starting at 5 p.m.