June 25, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Rare corpse flower blooms at Michigan State

East Lansing — The smell of death in the air at Michigan State University drew crowds following the blooming of the corpse flower.

The roughly 5-foot tall flower has the formal name Amorphophallus titanum. Its smell is described as like that of a rotting body, or sometimes merely like dirty socks.

Hundreds of people stood in line Tuesday to see the flower at the Plant Biology Conservatory. The bloom only lasts a few days. The plant last bloomed in 2010 and before that in 1995.

Julia Jackson tells MLive.com that she stood in line for nearly an hour with her 4-year-old grandson, Parker, who wanted to see what the boy calls the “stinky flower.”

People also took photos with the plant. The Lansing State Journal reports no showings are planned for Wednesday.

A class from Lansing Community College poses for a picture with Michigan ... (Rod Sanford / Lansing State Journal)