I went to see the corpse flower today with some people from my office. It hadn't opened just yet but was omitting its signature scent. I took a picture with my phone:
There was a short line to get into the greenhouse and it was moving very slowing. After a moment, I saw Lenore exiting from the other end.
(Lenore walks up to me and coworkers.)
Lenore: (happily, to me) Hello there, mister! Did you come to see that flower?
Me: Yes, I've never seen one.
L: It's called a, a, a, now give me a minute...a cops or a coops--.
Me: (excitedly showing off my knowledge) A corpse flower.
L: Yes, that's what they call it! That's exactly right!
Worker 1: (to Lenore) So did you get a chance to sniff the flower?
L: Well, yes, I tried but you know what. Let me tell you something. It didn't smell very good. No, not at all. It was a little like a cat box or something. (laughing) Phew!
Worker 2: Lenore, it's called a corpse flower because it smells like a corpse or suppose to smell bad like a dead body.
L: (a little shocked) Oh. Is that right? That's, that's, really why they call it that? I thought, you know, because it's a flower it would smell nice or something. Why would you want to smell that?
Me: Some flowers just don't smell good. Have you ever smelled a garlic flower? They stink too.
L: Like a dead person?
Me: No, more like strong garlic.
L: Oh, but I like garlic. I don't like corpse-es.
Originally posted June 29, 2009
Here's what it might look like when in blooms: