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Corpse flower's blossom finally falls in Houston

by webdev

July 28, 2010

Lois, the Corpse Flower that bloomed with a pungent odor of rotting flesh in Huston, Texas, has finally lost its blossom.

For weeks, crowds flocked to the Houston Museum of Natural Science to catch a glimpse of the unique flower. Lois tripled the number of visitors, bringing approximately 65,000 guests to the location.

"These last few weeks have been crazy, exhilarating," Nancy Greig, director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center, told the news source. "The neatest thing for me, a botanist by training, was seeing people getting so excited about a plant."

However, all things must come to an end, and Lois dropped her blossom at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday. People were still waiting in line to see the bloom when the head of the plant wilted.

However, the flower will remain on display as it continues to decompose. Fortunately, there is another corpse flower in the facility's greenhouse that may bloom in the near future.

Though it's intriguing, most would not like to receive a flower with such a strange odor. However, a bouquet of sweet-smelling blossoms is often a much-appreciated gift. According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, pleasant fragrances such as those derived from flowers can reduce stress.


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