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.
- The flower first bloomed on Sunday of this week
- But can this plant do math? Probably
- There’s a fungus that’s threatening global gin supplies