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Rare corpse flower set to bloom on college campus

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WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) - With only a few days remaining before the state's first-ever bloom of the rare, stinky corpse flower, a Kansas college has set up a 24-hour webcam for those who want don't want to miss the big event.

Max Thompson, biology professor and greenhouse supervisor at Southwestern College in Windfield, said a corpse flower - otherwise known as the Amorphophallus titanum - bloomed last fall in Omaha, Nebraska, and another bloomed in Oklahoma City a few years ago.

But so far, Thompson tells The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1oqqUdk ) that he knows of no other blooms occurring in Kansas.

People flock to the corpse flower because it is huge and rare - and because they are drawn to the odor of rotten meat.

The webcam link is at www.gosc.com .

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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