What A Stink- A Flower That Smells like Rotting Flesh!

May 19, 2011

Smelly Flower

The Corpse Flower has been described as smelling like a rotting mammal or rotting flesh when its preparing to bloom. It blooms in Spring in its native habitat, the equatorial rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.Gardeners, private collectors and horticulture historians alike plant this flower in their gardens and anticipate it’s bloom and it’s smell every year. The smell is intense and distinct but only lasts a day or two and then the flower withers away.

The Corpse Flower is a carrion flower also known as stinking flowers. Some other notable carrion flowers are the Rafflesia which emits an odor that resembles the smell of decaying meat. This pungent odor attracts a certain type of fly, which pollinates it. It has no roots, stems or visible leaves and can grow up to 3 feet across and weigh up to 15 lbs.

The source of these unique and foul smelling flowers is still not fully identified or known. It is believed to be due to the insects that pollinate them and the feeding habits of these insects- usually being feces, decaying matter or rotting flesh.

Who knew something so beautiful could be so disgusting? Do you have any stinky flowers in your garden?

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6 Responses to “What A Stink- A Flower That Smells like Rotting Flesh!”

  1. P. Graham said

    WOW! I learned something new today! This flower is definitely beautiful. I wonder if there are any in the New York Botanical Gardens…Hrmmm

    Thanks for Sharing! 🙂

  2. I do not have any in my garden, but the lily (what is it real name?) – big, pink, beautiful flower has a very distinct smell that I find not very pleasant.

  3. Ashley said

    The New York Botanical Gardens does host this stinky flower!

  4. […] Flower. We blogged about this flower back in May – you can read more about the decaying scent here. The Brooklyn Botanical also has an amazing event called the Cherry Esplanade. What seems like […]

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