"Corpse flower" stinks, but resembles calla lily
August 30, 2011
The campus at Western Illinois University in Macomb may have a slightly foul scent in the coming weeks, but it is not the chemistry or anatomy department that is to blame. In fact, the stench will waft from the Biological Sciences Botany Greenhouse, where the Titan Arum flower is blooming, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.
Also known as the "corpse flower," the rare bloom is in the same scientific family as calla lilies and philodendrons, reaching 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide. However, the strength of its stench matches up to its size. According to the news source, the blossom can smell like rotting meat.
While the flower has a less than pleasant odor, it is still a beautiful sight to see, and the greenhouse is open to the public. Flower enthusiasts should stop by in the next two weeks to see the flower at its peak.
For a less stinky but still-beautiful version of this flower, its admirers may opt for a bouquet of calla lilies. The long, tubular shape resembles that of the Titan Arum but smells sweet and looks elegant in an arrangement.
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