smelliest flower

World’s smelliest flowers

Titan Arum
The flower is nicknamed corpse flower and is native to the equatorial rainforest of central Sumatra in Western Indonesia and is considered as the smelliest flower in the world. True to its name, the flower smells like a rotting corpse. Fortunately, the flowers bloom only every 4-6 years and last about 24-48 hours at a time. However, the smell of rotten flesh can linger in the air for days after. The Titan Arum flower can grow up to 3 meters and is not one single flower, but thousands of tiny flowers.


Eastern skunk cabbage
The eastern skunk cabbage is prevalent in the wetland soils of eastern North America. The name is owed to the fact that the plant stinks like a dead skunk. Due to the smell which is given off, the flower can lure in flies for pollination and attract pollinators by mimicking a fresh corpse. Apart from its horrible stench, the flower has other attributes including medicinal purposes for treatment of asthma, epilepsy, and coughs. It can source its heat by allowing it to come up from snow covered ground.

Rafflesia Arnoldii
Considered as the second of the corpse flower, the Rafflesia Arnoldii is the single largest flower anywhere in the world. It is a mountain of a flower as it can grow up to 1 meter in diameter and weigh up to 11 kilograms. Despite its stench, it is a protected species in Indonesia and is one of the three national flowers.

Stapellia Gigantea
Nicknamed as the Carrion flower, the Toad flower, and Zulu Giant Starfish flower. The South African plants give off a rotten stench that lures in maggots and flies. The plant resembles a cactus and blooms in September producing large, fleshy, five-pointed stars. The flower is covered in white hairs and is believed to mimic the smell of rotting flesh of a dead animal.

Dead horse arum lily
This particular flower smells like a dead horse. On a typical sunny and warm day, the flower will tend to unroll and release such stench. Upon doing this, the female flowers are receptive and lure flies within the hairy spadix where they are trapped for a day. On the other hand, male flowers shed their pollen and flies covered in pollen will go on to cross-pollinate another dead horse arum lily.

Hydnora Africana
The fleshy flower is a parasitic plant found in Southern Africa which grows entirely underground. The red colored flesh of the flower gives off a horrible stench similar to feces. The flower typically sprouts from the ground covered in dung beetles that are lured in due to its strong smell. The beetles are trapped in flower by downward pointing hairs and spill out when the flower opens up. Such flower is also termed Stinking Root Parasite.