Science Friday, July 26th 2013 at 7:00 pm

How Stinky Corpse Flowers Get So Stinky [Video]

And it's got nothing to do with wanting to eat human blood!

The United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. just had its first titan arum bloom in over six years. By now you’re too late to see it, though; they only last for about 24 to 48 hours. Which is probably for the best, they don’t call it the “stinky corpse flower” for nothing — and Bytesize Science is going to tell you how the titan arum got that nickname.

Warning: You’re about the get a whole bunch of science dropped on you. Like, way more than you’d think just from looking at a picture of this weirdo plant. Smells are complicated.

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