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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  • bribriTuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:23 am
    i hope i don't get close to on (because they smell so bad)
    • bribriTuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:21 am
      that is so cool does I hope I can see one some time
      • LILSunday, March 15, 2015 at 10:25 pm
        I went to go see that at the botanical gardens it was amazing !!!!!
        • PinkPixieMonday, January 19, 2015 at 1:42 am
          That is awesome!!!
          • NRMonday, January 19, 2015 at 1:42 am
            Stinky but cool!
            • NRMonday, January 19, 2015 at 1:38 am
              That is my countrys stinkiest flower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • NRMonday, January 19, 2015 at 1:22 am
                I am from Indonesia
                • happypug12
                  happypug12Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 5:29 am
                  I'm not going near that flower!
                  • helloMonday, April 7, 2014 at 10:43 am
                    wow thats yucky ewwwwww
                    • ikyra_marie
                      ikyra_marieTuesday, April 1, 2014 at 5:02 pm
                      yuck

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