BRAINERD, Minn. -- The Central Lakes College campus in Brainerd boasts a rarity likely of interest to those with green thumbs — a blooming corpse flower.

Native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a corpse flower emits a pungent odor reminiscent of a rotting corpse when in full bloom.

CLC’s plant is on loan from Betty Harrison, a retired Brainerd science teacher. It has been in a horticulture classroom for a couple weeks but was moved out to the campus’ fish pond earlier last week when it started to bloom.

The plant only blooms once a year, which is the only time the smell is present. Each plant produces cormels, similar to bulbs, which serve as storage organs to help plants survive extreme conditions, like winter months.

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Harrison plans on trying to get CLC its own cormel from her parent plant to grow at the college. A corpse flower usually takes at least seven years to bloom and produce the rotten odor.

The flower was in full bloom Thursday, March 12, but only lasts 12-48 hours.