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The World's Stinkiest Flowers

They might look pretty, but they certainly don't smell it.

Sure, take a minute to stop and smell the roses — but if you ever come across one of these suckers, you might want to pick up the pace. From corpse flowers to skunk cabbages, here are a few plants that please the eyes, but offend the nose.

RAFFLESIA ARNOLDII, A.K.A. THE STINKING CORPSE FLOWER Barcroft Media via Getty Images RAFFLESIA ARNOLDII, A.K.A. THE STINKING CORPSE FLOWER This parasitic, rootless plant originates in Southeast Asia. It flowers up to 3 feet in diameter and attracts flies with its smell of rotting flesh. TITAN ARUM, A.K.A. THE CORPSE FLOWER KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images TITAN ARUM, A.K.A. THE CORPSE FLOWER This, the world’s biggest and smelliest flower, originates from Sumatra and can grow up to 9 feet tall. The corpse flower can produce its own heat to spread its pollinator-attracting stench — which is particularly pungent at night and has been said to feature notes of limburger cheese, bad fish, and sweaty socks.

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LYSICHITON AMERICANUS, A.K.A. WESTERN SKUNK CABBAGE Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images LYSICHITON AMERICANUS, A.K.A. WESTERN SKUNK CABBAGE Originating from the Pacific Northwest, this herbaceous perennial has bright yellow flowers and produces an unpleasant scent. Bears also eat it after hibernating for its laxative effect. STAPELIA GIGANTEA, A.K.A. CARRION FLOWER nolamissesyou STAPELIA GIGANTEA, A.K.A. CARRION FLOWER These starfish-like plants can be found in South Africa and Tanzania. They look beautiful but, as the name implies, smell like decaying animals.



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