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Posted: Jun 20, 2014 7:46 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Jun 20, 2014 7:46 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: stench, rotting flesh, corpse flower, Orange Coast Community College, green house

COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA- A foul stench that smells like rotting dead bodies and blue cheese is drawing visitors in droves to Orange Coast College.

The smell is from a huge and rare Indonesian flower that's blooming this weekend. It's known as the corpse flower.

The putrid smell, likened to rotting flesh, is its trademark and the greenhouse where its blooming is open to the public for those that want to experience the scent.

The flower doesn't use bees to spread its pollen, instead it uses flies.

It produces two chemicals the flies find appealing.

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