Ah, flowers. What wonderful things they are, with their soft, colorful petals and their delicate fragrance of… corpses and feces?
Yes, indeed. While many flowers smell pleasant or neutral, there are a significant number of plant species whose flowers take a different approach to odor. Whether this serves to attract pollinators or discourage herbivores, one thing is certain: these are (probably) not the flowers you’d want in your garden!
Read on to learn more.
1. Rafflesia (Rafflesia arnoldii) — above
This handsome Indonesian flower, one of several plants with the nickname “corpse flower,” has the largest flower in the world. It also happens to stink of decaying flesh, which helps attract flies to pollinate it. It’s unfortunately somewhat rare, as its forest habitats are disappearing.