UC Berkeley Botanical Garden's Titan Arum, named "Maladora," in bloom. June 30, 2010. In this photographer's opinion, the stench was disappointingly underwhelming, but we were told that the fragrance comes and goes throughout the day.
Update: Lois, the stinky flower, is blooming today in Houston. You can watch live on this webcam.
Personal history, you understand.
The corpse flower gets its name from the rotting-flesh smell it emits. And it’s not a dainty little thing. The one growing at the Houston Museum of Natural Science — seriously, they grew this thing on purpose, I guess, to freshen the Houston air — stands about 5 feet tall and weighs about 30 pounds.
The Houston bloom marks only the 29th time one of these babies choked respiratory systems in the history of the United States. Evidently the flower seeks out a location appropriately vile enough for it to release its foulness. Perfect.
The only problem is that the bloom and associated olfactory funk last only about two days.
Ah, even Houstonians need a breath of fresh air every now and then, no matter how brief.