The Dead Horse Arum mimics the anus of a dead animal

Helicodiceros muscivorus or the dead horse arum lily mimics the anus of a dead animal to attract insects and aid pollination. This plant is native to the Mediterranean and particularly known for its flowers that smell like a rotting corpse.

Its flowers give a strong, putrid smell of rotting meat that attracts blow flies. It is one of the few thermogenic plants – meaning plants that can raise their own temperature. It helps to trick flies into believing that they really are hot and freshly dead flesh when it is just a plant. This behavior is similar to the Corpse plant.

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