A Flower that Smells Like Rotting Flesh, Called the Corpse Flower Will Bloom Next Week
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A Flower that Smells Like Rotting Flesh, Called the Corpse Flower Will Bloom Next Week

Houston : TX : USA | Jul 09, 2010 at 9:40 AM PDT
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Corpse Flower

The largest flower in the world is supposed to bloom in Houston, Texas, this week.

It's 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide and smells bad. It's called the corpse flower. This flower blooms rarely, even out in the wild. Only 100 of these endangered plants have bloomed in cultivation, the first was in 1889. 28 total of these plants have bloomed in the U.S.

This will be the 29th flower and it will open any day at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, according to the Houston Chronicle. This particular flower is named Lois after a former employees mother.

The corpse flower is named after its rancid odor. It must smell pretty bad!

In Latin it is called Amorphophallus titanum. Since it has the smell of rotting flesh, it attracts carrion eating beetles and flesh flies, which actually pollinate it.

Source: CNEWS - Canada

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