VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver is home to one of the rarest flowers in the world.

A corpse flower is on display and about to bloom for the first time in 17 years.

The flower is named for its putrid smell when it blooms.

Professor Steve Sylvester had the flower in a pot on its desk, and as it grew he moved it outside to a public place on the campus.

The flower has been named “Titan VanCoug.” It’s expected to bloom at the end of July or the beginning of August.

Watch a live stream of the corpse flower

“We are anticipating a lot of people coming to campus,” said Sylvester. “Upwards of 20,000 people and sometimes 30,000 people observe the blooms and smell the scent.”

The bloom will last 24-48 hours.

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