A Flower, With A Stink

Almost all of Denver converged at the Denver Botanic Gardens, this week, to catch a whiff of the “corpse flower.”

A green and purple giant, [it] opens for less than 48 hours, and emits a perfume that botanists liken to that of rotting flesh.

Its stinky scent has an evolutionary purpose: to attract pollinating bugs that feed on dead animals. Native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, it takes typically, eight to 20 years to bloom for the first time.

h/t: NYT


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