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9 of the worst smelling flowers in the world

By: Bryan Nelson on Jan. 10, 2013, 5:55 p.m.
Hydnora africana

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Hydnora africana

This fleshy flower, which is found in southern Africa, is known for having the appearance of female genitalia. The odor that it exudes, however, is more reminiscent of another bodily orifice. Yes, that's right: it smells like feces. It's an effective stink given that its pollinator of choice is the dung beetle. As if its reputation wasn't bad enough, Hydnora africana is also a parasitic plant that grows almost entirely underground except for its bloom. That helps explain why this organism also looks like a creature out of the movie "Tremors." Perhaps not surprisingly, its discoverer listed it as a fungus before later analysis revealed that it was, in fact, a flowering plant.