1 of 8 CREDIT: Jeff Hillyer/WIU.
Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum)
2 of 8 CREDIT: Jeff Hillyer/WIU.
Stinking Corpse Lily (Rafflesia arnoldii)
3 of 8 CREDIT: Jeremy Holden
Western Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus)
4 of 8 CREDIT: Dreamstime.
Carrion Flower (Stapelia gigantea)
5 of 8 CREDIT: R.A. Howard, courtesy of Smithsonian Institution/USDA.
Stinking Root Parasite (Hydnora africana)
6 of 8 CREDIT: Lytton John Musselman.
Dead Horse Arum Lily (Helicodiceros muscivorus)
7 of 8 CREDIT: Frederick Depuydt.
Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
8 of 8 CREDIT: Sue Sweeney.
How's this for an evolutionary strategy? Develop such a rancid odor that you lure flies and beetles critters that would normally feed on decaying flesh and hold them hostage until they're smothered with your seeds so that when you release them, they can't help but to spread your genes.
Here are 7 fetid flowers that have followed that path. From the various corpse flowers to the western skunk cabbage, these amazing, stomach-turning flowers will have you begging for fresh air.