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World’s Worst Smeling Orchid

by Susan Taylor

Originally published in BellaOnline

Posted by Sys Admin over 7 years ago.


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The worst smelling orchid is Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis. We picked this particular Bulbophyllum due to the sheer size of the plant and flower and therefore the amount of scent it produces. Many other Bulbophyllums produce the same carrion scent as this one, but are much smaller.

Native to New Guinea, the pollinator is a fly which is attracted by the unpleasant odor. Last year, I found a live webcam of an opening
flower — the grower couldn’t stand the smell but wanted to see the flowers opening!

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