Newest Corpse Flower Needs a Name

Lois, last year’s celebrated corpse flower, has a roommate in the Houston Museum of Natural Science greenhouse. And the newcomer needs a name.

Last July, Lois held our attention while we waited days for the finicky plant to unfurl her stinky bloom. She was the second known corpse flower to bloom in Texas, the 29th in the country. Rare outside its native Sumatra, the giant arum, Amorphophallus titanum, takes about seven years to flower. Considering the bloom structure can stand 10 feet tall and measure up to 5 feet across, that seems a more reasonable amount of time.

Lois’ new buddy, who is 4 years old, arrived at the museum six months ago, says horticulturist Zac Stayton. But it’s time to give it a name, so the museum’s holding a contest. Post your suggestion by Friday at the Beyond Bones blog at A committee will choose finalists; revisit the site after noon Monday to cast your vote. The winning name will be announced July 25, the anniversary of Lois’ big bloom.