BU preparing for a stinky blossom

By Jillian Marshall

June 14, 2013 Updated Jun 15, 2013 at 12:03 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University is preparing for the rare Titus Arum, or Corpse Flower, to bloom so it can be manually pollinated. But they'll have to work around its stench.

This Corpse Flower, named Metis, is expected to bloom between June 18 and 20 at the E.W. Heier Teaching Greenhouse on BU's campus.

This specific flower was donated to the university in 2007, and had its first bloom in 2010.

Manager of the greenhouse Laurie Bell says they are planning to pollinate Metis for the second time when it blooms next week.

To pollinate, Bell says they will cut a hole in the side of the plant to see the flowers inside. Then they will apply the pollen on the female flowers with a brush.

The Ohio State University gave the pollen to BU.

But in order to pollinate the plant, they will have to be extremely close to the flowers -- and the accompanying foul smell.

"It's described as rotten corpse, rotten meat, garbage that's really bad. It hits you in the back of the throat, you can almost taste it," Bell said.

This rare flower has grown more than 10 inches in the past week and currently stands more than 55 inches tall.

Bell says the plant sends the scent in heat pulses, so it is tolerable for people who are close enough to view it.

For more information on how you can see the Corpse Flower, visit their website.