corpse flower

noun
variants: or less commonly corpse plant
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of corpse flower

:a tropical perennial herb (Amorphophallus titanium) 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

First Known Use of corpse flower

1996


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