corpse flower

noun
variants: or less commonly corpse plant

Definition of corpse flower

: a tropical perennial herb (Amorphophallus titanum) of the arum family that is native to Sumatra and produces a tall, erect, yellowish-white spadix partly enclosed by a showy, white-spotted, green spathe which opens during bloom to reveal a reddish-purple interior and emit an odor of rotting flesh Part of the reason the corpse flower is drawing such big crowds is because it rarely blooms. It is also one of the biggest, stinkiest plants on the planet …— Lara Sorokanich

called also titan arum

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Gardeners in a glass and steel sphere step back to admire a rare corpse flower in bloom. Richard Read, chicagotribune.com, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 10 July 2019 Gardeners in a glass and steel sphere step back to admire a rare corpse flower in bloom. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 30 June 2019 Each corpse flower takes at least seven years to store enough energy to begin its bloom cycle. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The World's Stinkiest Flower is Ready to Bloom in the Bronx," 21 June 2019 Pepé Le Pew was first planted in 2006, and corpse flowers usually bloom once every few years. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "‘Corpse flower,’ which literally smells like death, in bloom at Palm Beach nursery," 10 June 2019 Gardeners in a glass and steel sphere step back to admire a rare corpse flower in bloom. Richard Read, chicagotribune.com, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 10 July 2019 Gardeners in a glass and steel sphere step back to admire a rare corpse flower in bloom. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 30 June 2019 Gardeners in a glass and steel sphere step back to admire a rare corpse flower in bloom. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 30 June 2019 Bellatrix and Morticia aren’t the only pungent plants in Seattle — Volunteer Park Conservatory and the UW also house several varieties of corpse flowers, Schroeder said. Elise Takahama, The Seattle Times, "Corpse flower and its stench draw crowds to Amazon Spheres," 5 June 2019

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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