Not just the beauty, we are attracted to flowers for their smell or fragrance as well. in following, we present to 10 of the smelliest flowers in the World.
1. Titan Arum.
huge plant is often referred to as the corpse flower. It is three
meters tall when fully grown and emits a horrible stench that people
flock to from around the world. It takes a long time to reach full size and when it gets there it will begin to heat up to somewhere around human body temperature. This helps to intensify its smell, which attracts pollinators.
It can take years for the flower to bloom so when it does people visit to see the magnificent, and smelly, plant in action.
the largest flower in the world and it grows on the floor of
rain forests. It doesn't have the usual parts such as leaves, roots
or stem as other flowers because it doesn't need them. It gives off a stench of rotting flesh, which attracts carrion flies.
Before it's flowers is almost invisible, it then grows into a cabbage-like plant that opens
into the huge flower that only lasts for a few days. There's a lot
that's not known about how the plants reproduce as scientists are
struggling to recreate the environment in which the plant lives. Because
of this, they haven't been able to fully study them.
3. Talipot Palm
This tree is around six to eight meters tall and at the top
out with loads of little flowers. It only flowers once in its life span, when it's about 30 to
80 years old
. It takes about a year for the flowers to become fruit and after fruiting it then dies. It smells sweet and the sap is used for palm wine.
4. Carrion Flowers
There are aï¿½
look and smell like rotting meat in order to attract insect that will
pollinate them. A lot of species will trap the insects after luring them
in, letting them go only when theyï¿½ve collected enough pollen.
However, carrionï¿½flowersï¿½donï¿½t reward the insects that pollinate them with nectar like most otherï¿½flowers.
5. Star Flowers
succulents grow amazing hairy flowers that give off the smell of rotting
flesh. They blooms are very big and the larger the species the more
pungent the scent. The hairs on the flower are there to resemble a layer of mould that grows on rotting meat.
Blow flies act as pollinators and a lot of flies will actually lay their eggs inside the flower, as they would with a rottingï¿½
6. Hydnora Africana
is a parasitic plant that grows on the roots of the Euphorbiceae
species that grows underground in the deserts of South Africa.ï¿½
flesh-coloured flower emerges from the soiland gives off a smell of
faeces to attract pollinators such as dung beetles and carrion flies.
The flower will trap the beetles that enter so they can cover themselves
in pollen. Then when the flower fully opens again they are allowed to
7. Dead Horse Arum Lily
ornamental plant is native to the Mediterranean region and gives off a
smell of carrion to attract blowflies and other insects. Itï¿½s a
rareï¿½thermionicï¿½plant, which means it can raise its temperature to
attract even more insects.
8. Jack the Pulpit
is a ring of hairs that act as an insect trap. The pollinators get
trapped and covered in the plantï¿½s pollen as they try
All parts of the plant can cause an allergic reaction and some parts give off heat and odor to attract insects.
9. Voodoo Lily
large lily gives off a smell similar to a rotting carcass in order to
attract Lucilia flies and other insects. The plant traps them for a full
day and night then releases them with lots of pollen.
10. Western Skunk Cabbage
plant gets its name from the skunk-like odor it lets off to the entire
surrounding area. The smell can even be noticed in very old, dried out
specimens. The foul smell attract pollinators, beetles and other
insects. Itï¿½s found in damp areas such as swamps and wooded areas.