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New "Porta Potty" Flower Discovered

Porta Potty Flower

First Posted: 02/13/2012 3:44 pm Updated: 02/13/2012 3:44 pm

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And a new species of Amorphophallus—the genus that includes the "corpse flower"—still smells like rotting meat and feces.

Discovered on an island off the coast of Madagascar, the newfound plant grows up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) high and blooms once a year with a "really foul" stench, according to discoverer Greg Wahlert, a postdoctoral researcher in botany at the University of Utah.

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Filed by Steven Hoffer  |