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'Musky,' a corpse flower with a smell some compare to roadkill, is blooming today


Good morning. I'm Leila Fadel.

Have you ever wanted to sniff a stinky flower? Not sure why you would, but if this is you, get yourself to Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee. The conservatory houses more than 2,000 species of plants. But today visitors will be crowded around Musky. That's what they've named their corpse flower, a tropical plant native to Sumatra. It only blooms for about 24 hours, and today's that day. The odor has been compared to roadkill. Again, why?

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Leila Fadel
Leila Fadel is a host of Morning Edition, as well as NPR's morning news podcast Up First.