Flower power!

Wow, we might have to get this plant an agent!Mari Mayborn of Macomb takes in the experience.

Grown in the WIU Greenhouse, this “corpse flower”—with its rather noticeable stench—has been making the rounds in the national and regional media lately, including the New York Daily News, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, the Peoria Journal-Star, and on CBS2 in Chicago, just to name a few.

Mari Mayborn of Macomb, at right, (who is a volunteer at the Tri States Audio Information Services at WIU and is married to geology faculty member Kyle Maborn), was one of several in the community to stop by and get a sense of the stench—and of the once-in-a-lifetime bloom—over the weekend.

But all “stinky” jokes aside, it’s a wonderful moment of “don’t blink or you’ll miss it” history that unfolded—literally—right before our eyes.

Read the story about this rare plant, and how long it’s been since it last bloomed, at nydailynews.com.

See some more views of the legendary plant here.

Did you stop by the greenhouse to see this rare plant? Leave us your comments below.


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