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Corpse flower blossoms in Australian botanic garden

Corpse flower blossoms in Australian botanic garden

Updated 26 December 2012, 22:28 AEDT

Botanists in the south-east Australian city of Melbourne are celebrating a rare treat - the flowering of the so-called corpse plant.

The six-foot Indonesian plant blossomed for the first time yesterday at Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens.

It's called the "corpse flower" because of its horrendous smell, which has been compared to rotting flesh. But it's expected to attract plenty of curious visitors despite the stench.

Presenter: Simon Lauder

Speaker: David Robbins, nursery co-ordinator, Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens

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