Tuesday, November 29, 2005


The plant that smells like crap

The "corpse plant" (titan arum) doesn't smell bad, it stinks like crap.

Now that it's in bloom, the plant has also started emitting a smell that's drawn comparisons to garbage, spoiled meat, and rotting fish. But the plant's stench is actually the key to its survival: carrion beetles and other pollinators in its native Sumatra are attracted to the smell, Kress said.
"It's not as rancid as roadkill, but it's got a pretty potent smell," he said.

Talk about saying it with a flower!


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