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10 of the World’s Stinkiest Flowers (Slideshow)

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10 of the World’s Stinkiest Flowers (Slideshow)

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.

Photo Credit: By Henrik Hansson Globaljuggler (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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Molly is a nature and travel enthusiast who is passionate about endangered languages, natural history, and women's and LGBT issues. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with her three cats.

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5:37PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

amazing and intresting

2:48PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Great,,,,,Please send a bunch everyday to the Irish Government for as long as they are in power,,,,,Thanks..

2:22AM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

Amazing :)

4:30PM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

that is pretty

4:01PM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

interesting...TY

8:54PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Plants will use aroma to attract pollinators. A sweet scent to attract insects, mammals -- both terrestrial and flying, -- and birds. They will also use scent to attract insects with bad smells, the smell of rotten meat for flies. The flies will go these flowers, and collect the pollen, just like other animals. To disperse it onto other flowers. Need some flies to pollinate your Rafflesia?

8:19PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

interesting!

12:04PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

thx

2:58AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Thanks.

2:21AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

And they're all so pretty!

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Way to go, Zeke!!

thks for the info, to be open minded about this subject will reflect in health and happiness!

Excellent article, thank you; I'm eating almonds right now!

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