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When people think of flowers they often imagine sweet smelling, colorful plants but not all flowers have such a pleasant fragrance. Carrion flowers include several different species and while some may be pretty, they emit the stench of rotting flesh. Carrion flowers attract fecal and flesh eating insects. The flowers belong to a number of different plant families and include some of the strangest and biggest flowers found on Earth.
Why Do Carrion Flowers Smell So Bad?
The word carrion refers to the rotting flesh of dead animals and carrion insects feed on such rotting flesh, as well as feces and other decaying matter. These insects also lay their eggs in foul smelling, damp places. Carrion flowers deceive carrion insects and lure them into their blossoms where the flowers become pollinated. The insects and any maggots that hatch from eggs wind up dying due to a lack of food. Typically flowers that are pollinated by insects reward their pollinators with nectar but this is not the case with carrion flowers. The overpowering smell that is emitted from carrion flowers is normally caused by putrescine and cadaverine which are simple amine compounds. The same compounds are also produced during the decomposition of rotting protein.
Types of Carrion Flowers
There are many different species of carrion flowers but some of the more well known species include starfish flowers, arums, and the stinking corpse lily.
Carrion flowers are some of the most fascinating plant species in the world. While these insect luring flowers should probably not be included in a bouquet, they are interesting nonetheless. From titan arum to rafflesia, scientists continue to seek more information on carrion flowers and their role in nature. Visit the pages listed below to learn more about carrion flowers.
Written By Ava Rose.