The striking plant in this video is an Amorphophallus titanum, commonly known as the “corpse flower”. Its scientific name literally means “gigantic penis” and you don’t really need a degree in botany to understand why. A corpse flower can grow about three inches a day and usually rises up to 8 feet into the air.
Although you can’t feel it by watching the video, this enormous plant smells like death. Once in bloom, it will produce a pungent odor that has been compared to the smell of an old fish, a dead rat or dirty baby diapers. This strong odor will be strong for a day and then dissipate. When a corpse flower blooms in the wild, its awful smell attracts carrion beetles and flesh flies that serve as natural pollinators. The plant usually takes 7 to 10 years of growth before blooming for the first time, and will sadly die in several days after it blooms.
Video Credit: Gustavus Adolphus College