Is it true that all flowers have a pleasant scent? There’s no way. Some flowers may appear to be lovely, but as you go closer to them, you will undoubtedly hold your breath. Because certain flowers have a strong odor that attracts pollinating insects such as carrion flies. This is done to attract pollinating insects that lay their eggs in decaying debris. The following are the world’s ten worst-smelling flowers.
10. Arum Discoridis
It’s a velvety-colored rod-shaped bloom that’s endemic to the Mediterranean. The flower is known for its rotten-flesh odor. This plant is named after Pedanius Dioscorides, a great Greek botanist. It blooms in the springtime. Arum discoridis attracts pollinators with its strong, unpleasant odor.
9. Western Skunk Cabbage
The Western skunk cabbage gets its name from the skunky odor its blooms emit. Alaska, California, Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Oregon all have marshes and woodlands where this plant can be found. Early spring and winter are the best times to see Western skunk cabbage in flower. The flowers, which are formed like rods, are a bright yellow color. They reach a maximum height of 40 cm. This plant’s skunky odor attracts scavenger flies as pollinators.
8. Eastern Skunk Cabbage
The Eastern skunk cabbage, like the Western skunk cabbage, gets its name from its’skunky’ odor. Throughout North America and Asia, the plant grows in swampy, moist soil. In the spring, the Western skunk cabbage blooms. Before the leaves, a shell-like component of the plant called’spathe’ emerges from the ground. It has a brownish-purple tint and can grow to be 4-6 inches long. It has a strong, foul odor that attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
7. Stapelia Gigantea
Stapelia gigantea is a lovely carrion flower with a rotten flesh scent. The soft yellow starry blossoms look like starfish. It thrives in the tropical parts of Southeastern Africa and is also known as African starfish. Pollinating insects are attracted to the unusual form and rotten flesh-like stench. Summer is when the plant blooms. Stapelia giganteas has a strong, disagreeable odor that can be detected from a considerable distance.
6. Dragon Arum
The dragon arum is a magnificent plant that may be found in the Mediterranean basin’s rocky and steep locations. Black arum, snake lily, dragonwort, stink lily, and vondoo lily are all names for the same plant. The plant reaches a maximum height of 1 meter. Late in the spring, the enormous, spectacular maroon-purple flower blooms. The blossom can grow to reach 80 cm long. However, this lovely bloom has a foul odor that attracts pollinating insects. A lengthy spike-like tail is also seen on the flower.
5. Bulbophyllum Phalaenopsis
Bulbophyllum Phalaenopsis is the world’s worst-smelling orchid. It is only found on the island of New Guinea. It has the same stench of decaying meat. The bulbophyllum phalaenopsis is one of the world’s largest orchids, blooming all year. Clusters of hairy, pinkish-red blooms appear. This orchid is notable for its lengthy leaves, which may reach a length of 4 feet, in addition to its strong, disagreeable odor.
4. Carob Tree
The carob tree is a medium-sized evergreen tree that can be found in tropical and subtropical climates all over the world. The name ‘carob’ refers to the tree’s edible fruit. Vitamin A, B2, B3, magnesium, calcium, and iron are all present in the carob pod. Despite the fact that the fruits and blooms of the carob tree are nutritious, they smell like sperm. In the autumn, the little spirally arranged blooms bloom. Male and female flowers bloom on separate trees. On flowering, the male flowers exude the most sperm-like odor.
3. Hydrona Africana
Hydrona Africana is a parasitic plant that is native to Southern Africa. Only the blossom may be seen above ground because the plant grows underground. The plant feeds on the roots of Euphorbia plants. The flower of the Hydrona Africana is tubular with three thick apertures. The flower’s exterior layer is brown, while the inner layer is bright orange. The odor of the Hydrona Africana is that of excrement. For pollination, dung beetles and carrion beetles are attracted to this foul odor.
2. Rafflesia Arnoldii
The Rafflesia arnoldii is the world’s largest single blossom. This parasitic plant can only be found in the Sumatra and Borneo jungles. It’s a plant with no leaves and no roots. Rafflesia arnoldii is recognized for having a pungent rotten flesh odor. Because of its foul odor, this plant is also known as ‘corpse flower.’ Rafflesia arnoldii can grow up to 1 meter in diameter and weigh 11 kg. Rafflesia arnoldii attracts carrion flies for pollination because of its foul odor.
The Rafflesia arnoldii is a rare and difficult to find species. The huge flower has five red petals with white markings. Rafflesia arnoldii, unlike other plants, lacks chlorophyll. As a result, the plant is unable to undergo photosynthesis. Tetrastigma plants are the host of this parasite.
- Titan Arum
The titan arum of corpse flower has the most foul odor of any flower on the planet. The bloom emits a pungent, unpleasant odor like rotting meat. The name ‘corpse flower’ comes from the strong, foul odor it emits. It’s a very unusual flower that only blooms for two or three days and then vanishes for years. The corpse flower is also the world’s largest unbranched inflorescence. A single corpse flower can grow to be 3 meters tall.
Inside the corpse flower is a big bract and a lengthy spike. The spike of the flower emits a strong, disagreeable odor. The bract of a corpse flower is deep green on the outside and dark scarlet on the inside. In just a few hours, the huge corpse flowers bloom. The flower’s unpleasant odor lingers for 12 hours. The plant’s strong odor attracts pollinators such as carrion flies.
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