Rare corpse flower blooms in Huntington Library garden

SAN MARINO — First came the flies, then a growing stench. Now the corpse flower is in full bloom at the Huntington Library in San Marino.

Hundreds of people filed through the Huntington's tropical garden Friday to check out the unusual plant.

The corpse flower is native to Indonesia, where it emits the stench of rotting flesh to attract insect pollinators during its one-day bloom.

Huntington spokeswoman Lisa Blackburn said the garden viewing will resume Saturday morning. The flower is expected to fade by late afternoon.

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