When Tribune reader Patty Small saw an Associated Press story about the “corpse flower” that emits a decaying-flesh smell during its once-a-decade bloom, she could relate. Amorphophallus titanum, better known as the “corpse flower,” emits a horrible odor during its rare bloom.
Although not sure if the Dracunculus vulgaris in her Chanute yard is related, it definitely has the same characteristics. Among the common names are the voodoo lily, the snake lily, the stink lily, the black dragon. It is called drakondia because the long spadix is viewed as a small dragon hiding in the spathe.
And it lives up to the stink name.
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