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Published September 07, 2013, 12:00 AM

Corpse flower

The U.S. Botanic Garden’s titan arum, or “corpse flower,” drew lots of attention when it bloomed in all its stinky glory in July. Such scents attract pollinating insects that are drawn to decomposing flesh. Washington Post photo by Matt McClain
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