Seven-year-old Andrew Kong holds his nose as he stands before the world's largest flower at the Fullerton Arboretum, Calif in 2000. The Indonesian titan arum 'Corpse Flower' has a putrid scent to lure pollinating dung beetles and can sometimes be smelled half a mile away. Lucy Nicholson/AFP/Newscom/File
Maureen Burke holds her nose as she looks at a Corpse Flower bloom at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley in 2007. Zuma/Newscom/File
Visitors view the world's largest flower during the opening day of the display at the Fullerton Arboretum in California. Not a lot is known about the plant as it is difficult to find in the wild, especially flowering. Lucy Nicholson/AFP/Newscom/File
Chris Barnhill, the curator of gardens at the Fullerton Arboretum, pollinates a giant Corpse Flower at the Quail Botanical Gardens. At top right is a test tube holding pollen from a female flower Zuma/Newscom/File
Larry Mellichamp, professor and director of the McMillan Greenhouse, poses with a Corpse Flower on June 18, 2007, at UNC-Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C. The Corpse Flower plant has only been seen in bloom about 20 times since it was first displayed in New York in 1937 and is thought to be the largest flowering plant structure in the world. Gayle Shomer/Charlotte Observer/MCT/Newscom/File
A Corpse Flower blooms in Brest, France, in 2009. Max/Newscom/File
A native of Indonesia, the Corpse Flower was first described in 1878 by Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari. The first documented flowering of a cultivated Corpse Flower occurred in London in 1889. Zuma/Newscom/File
Visitors take photos of the titan arum at the US Botanic Garden on July 24, 2003 in Washington, DC. KRT/Newscom/File
Louann Jensen inspects a Corpse Flower that has bloomed less than a dozen times in the United States. UPI/Newscom/File
A Corpse Flower blooms at Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, Calif., near San Diego. The enormous, rare and very smelly Amorphophallus titanum, or titan arum is considered by some the superstar of the plant kingdom. Native to Indonesia, the plant rarely blooms in its 40-year life span, and not often in cultivation. For about eight hours during its blooming cycle it emits an odor likened to 'rotten eggs or road kill' to attract pollinating, carrion eating beetles, hence the name Corpse Flower. The plant begins as a large tuber. It then sends up a solitary pointed shoot that can grow at the rate of six inches a day, sometimes reaching 12 feet in height. Zuma/Newscom/File
US Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist outside a downtown Seoul performing arts center by a man screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified. Lippert's injuries were not considered life threatening.
ByFoster Klug and Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press
U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a knife with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday.