Wednesday, October 10, 2012
When I was at the Botanical Garden last weekend I saw this unusual cactus bloom. I've seen it before but, I never knew anything about it. So this time, I did some research and what I found was very interesting. First of all, it's name is Carrion Flower. Yes, that's what I said "Carrion Flower". Further reading revealed that this flower has a most unusual scent. It smells like rotting meat. Now, I'm reading this information and feeling a bit lucky that I didn't get close enough to smell it. The scent (or odor if you prefer) is engineered to attract flies, the plants primary pollinator. Well, I guess if it's flies you need to attract then that smell is quite appropriate. Isn't nature fascinating?