Orchid’s aroma shuts down Smithsonian greenhouse

The Smithsonian Magazine has published an article on an orchid!
It’s not an orchid any of us is likely to have. Or want. But, it’s great our national museum’ magazine saw fit to publicize an orchid at the museum.   From KOS member John Wolford

An enormous Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis specimen named “Bucky” housed in the Smithsonian greenhouse recently bloomed, revealing an unusual inflorescence along with an intolerable stench. The odor, described to resemble “a thousand dead elephants rotting in the sun,” pervaded the greenhouse, forcing the museum to shut it down for days. Read more about Bucky in this article in the Smithsonian Magazine.


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