In a Virginia Tech greenhouse, they are growing a flower that smells â€œlike several days old road kill on a hot, sunny dayâ€, and people are actually excited to experience the thing. Called the corpse flower, or Amorphophallus titanium, it blooms for eight hours one day, emits a stench bad enough to gag a maggot, and then closes up. The plant then needs to save up energy for several more years just to bloom again. Apparently, making dead and rotting flesh smell isnâ€™t as easy as one would expect. It does all of this to attract decaying flesh-eating beetles, flies, sweat bees for pollination, and legions of fans to boost its self esteem. Hundreds of people waited to be guided in groups of 10-20 through the experience the flower up close and personal. Cheer up old chap; everyone loves a phallic shaped flower that smells like dead animal.
[Via: CBS News]
Update: So apparently I had no grasp on the actual size of this thing. I was thinking like a daisy size stink. This behemoth is a human sized stinker. It looks like you could just fall in and swim around for a little bit. Iâ€™m finding seeds and planting oneÂ in my backyard (or the neighborâ€™s backyard) ASAP.