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9 of the worst smelling flowers in the world

By: Bryan Nelson on Jan. 10, 2013, 5:55 p.m.
carob tree

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Carob tree

The blooms of the carob tree might look innocuous, but this is one tree you wouldn't want to seek shade under for a picnic. Male flowers are known to produce the fairly distinct odor of semen. Ironically, the seed pod produced by this tree is highly prized. Its legumes are widely cultivated and the seed pod may be crushed and used as ersatz chocolate. (Just make sure you harvest it in the correct season.)