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Photos: KU’s rare corpse flower blooms

After teasing University of Kansas greenhouse manager Sam Sumpter for a few days in a row, a rare corpse flower bloomed late Sunday night.

Sumpter said the flower — named for its stench — was most pungent Sunday night. Visitors who saw the rare plant in person said the smell had weakened by the end of the day Monday.

Read more about the flower and what makes it special in this story from last week.

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August Rudisell / The Lawrence Times Sam Sumpter, greenhouse manager at the University of Kansas, gives two thumbs up after a rare corpse flower bloomed on campus, Sept. 13, 2021.
August Rudisell / The Lawrence Times A rare corpse flower bloomed at the University of Kansas greenhouse, Sept. 13, 2021. The small holes in the sides were cut so that greenhouse manager Sam Sumpter could pollinate the plant, “which was easily one of the most nerve wracking things I’ve ever done,” he wrote in a Facebook update about the plant.
August Rudisell / The Lawrence Times A rare corpse flower bloomed at the University of Kansas greenhouse, Sept. 13, 2021.
August Rudisell / The Lawrence Times A rare corpse flower bloomed at the University of Kansas greenhouse, Sept. 13, 2021.
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