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Hold your nose! Corpse flower blooms in Belgium

Hold your nose! Corpse flower blooms in Belgium
A woman looks at the Amorphophallus Titanum, also known as the Titan Arum or Corpse flower, at the National Botanic Garden in Meise near Brussels, Monday, July 8, 2013. (AP photo/Yves Logghe)
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BRUSSELS (AP) - Tourists are lining up in Belgium for the chance to visit a huge, foul-smelling plant.

The national botanical garden was staying open until dusk for a second day Tuesday to give as many people as possible a view of the titan arum - also known as the corpse flower - that's towering over the visitors.

At the heart of the flower a huge column rises upward to the sky and is responsible for the smell that resembles a decomposing animal.

The rare Sumatran plant has now flowered three times since 2008, a feat in itself. At its height this year, it measured 2.44 meters (8 feet). It only flowers for three days, and is expected to wane on Wednesday.
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