Thanks to the New York Botanical Garden you can watch the extremely rare “Corpse Flower”(Amorphophallus titanum‘s) blooming… and as a bonus you wont have to deal with the infamous horrible smell.
The giant flower can grow to be 8 feet high but is better known for its smell than its beauty. The scent has been described as “the odor you get from a decaying carcass, roadkill if you will, or that odor you see on the bottom of a dumpster after a hot summer day.”
A National Geographic article tells us that the flower’s terrible smell attracts dung beetles and flies. “It makes them think there’s rotten meat somewhere to lay their eggs, and then that helps the corpse flower to get pollinated.” …it may smell like roadkill to us, but flies love it I guess.
Stream this viewing this botanical miracle below. Enjoy!
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