The World's Stinkiest Flower

By Meera Dolasia on April 26, 2009

Ah! Spring is here - time to stop and smell the flowers - except of course if you happen to be near a blooming Titan Arum, an exotic-looking flower that is native to Indonesia.

That is because when it blooms, instead of emitting a pleasant fragrance, this beautiful flower emits a stench that resembles rotting meat or garbage. Fortunately, it lasts only for three days and happens once in every six or seven years.

The plant does this to lure flesh-eating beetles, which become attracted to the stench and crawl inside, only to find themselves trapped in the sticky pollen. Once the pollen gets stuck to the insect's bodies, the flowers wither out, allowing the beetles to escape.

In the wild, the Titan Arum can be found only in the equatorial forests of Sumatra, Indonesia. The plants, which resemble a small tree, grow really fast - about a quarter of an inch every hour. Fully-grown Titan Arums, can reach heights in excess of 20ft, widths close to 16ft and weigh as much as 70lbs.

A few flower conservatories around the world also cultivate these exotic plants in-house. Amongst them is Kew Gardens in Surrey, London, which houses twelve of these giant plants. Two of them are expected to make history this weekend, by blooming at the same time - the first in the conservatory's 250-year history. 

However, instead of inviting visitors to come view this historic event, they are being asked to keep their distance - unless of course they like strong stomach churning pongs! PHEW!

sources:wikipedia.org, dailymail.co.uk, telegraph.co.uk

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  • hello4/7/2014
    wow thats yucky ewwwwww
    • ikyra_marie
      ikyra_marie4/1/2014
      yuck
      • lol11/11/2013
        I think that the worlds stinkyest flower is funny!
        • Z0E11/11/2013
          Sweet!!!!!!
          • ashley10/23/2013
            i like the article because i love flowers just not stinky ones but it is good to know it a world's stinkiest flower cool.
            • headream100
              headream10010/15/2013
              Have any of you people smelled that thing for real? Cause it's far worse than imaginable!!! When I went to Indonesia, I saw some of those flowers and they are awful!!!!!
              • zebralove
                zebralove10/3/2013
                AWESOME! My aunt visited one of those.
                • catvalintine
                  catvalintine8/30/2013
                  weird
                  • Anyonmus5/5/2013
                    does any one know the classification of this plant?
                    • monyman23
                      monyman234/18/2013
                      smelly

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