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By Amy Agronis on August 20, 2004 in University

Recently retired staff research associate Dorothy Brandon stands a safe distance away as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw gets a good look at  and whiff of  Tabatha the Titan, the campus's blooming corpse flower. This was the second Amorphophallus titanum flower to bloom at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory in as many years. During the past week, more than 4,000 people lined up to view the flower, which bloomed on Aug. 13. Local media also turned out in force. Still thousands more watched the spectacle via a live Web camera set up on the UC Davis web site, <a href=""></a>. Curator Ernesto Sandoval expects to have at least one of the conservatory?s three other Arum titan flowers blooming again next year.

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