Corpse flowers are all mysteriously blooming at once

Botanists across the US are trying to figure out why so many titan arums, or corpse flowers, are blooming simultaneously around the country this year.


Before we dive headfirst into this foul-smelling mystery, what's a corpse flower, and why are botanists so into them?

The scientific name for corpse flowers is Amorphophallus titanium, which literally means "giant misshapen penis" in Latin (no, really).

They not only produce one of the biggest flowering structures in the world, sometimes reaching heights of over 1.8 metres (6 feet), their scent happens to mimic the distinct stench of decomposing flesh, with a bit of old fish mixed in. Keep reading...