Sunday, 28 July 2013

The Chemistry Of The Corpse Flower's Stink

A titan arum plant, aka the corpse flower, just bloomed in the United States Botanic Gardens in Washington, DC. The plant has an unpredictable blooming cycle that lasts years, and the corpse-like odor it emits attracts pollinating bugs like flies and dung beetles. The Botanic Garden's public science educator Todd Brethauer explains the chemistry behind this legendary plant's potent stink.

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(thanks Cora)

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