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Corpse plant ready to bloom at Hilo zoo

HILO >> A corpse plant at a Hilo zoo is on the verge of making a big stink.

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo officials said Friday its corpse plant is ready to bloom. The plant, which stands 40 inches tall, is known for emitting an odor that many people have described as the smell of rotting meat.

Unlike previous bloomings, the plant will bloom in the ground and not in a pot. 

Hawaii News Now reports when the plant flowered last April, hundreds showed up at the zoo to take a whiff. 

A corpse plant can go for years without flowering. A blooming can only last one or two days.

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