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Rare smelly flower blooms in Kirksville

It only blooms about every 10 years, but when it does, it’s a stinking beauty.

A rare devil’s tongue flower now at its peak in the greenhouse at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., is a cousin of the famous corpse flower. Both release odors similar to rotting flesh to attract flies for pollination.

The plant is one of two at the university and has been there for eight years. Its first bloom is about 2 feet high.

The university greenhouse is typically open for public viewing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call 660-785-4597.

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