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Monday, July 29, 2013

The Science Behind the Foul-Smelling Corpse Flower

What’s eight feet tall, has a creepy nickname and can be smelled from miles away? It’s the rare titan arum plant, aka the corpse flower or Amorphophallus titanum, which just bloomed in the United States Botanic Gardens in Washington, DC. The plant has an unpredictable blooming cycle that lasts years, and the corpse-like odor it emits attracts pollinating bugs like flies and dung beetles. In the video below, the Botanic Garden’s public science educator Todd Brethauer explains the chemistry behind this legendary plant’s potent stink.

via Geeks Are Sexy.

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