Day 47: Stinky Flowers

“Pyrus calleryana, the Callery pear known in the United States as the Bradford Pear, is a species of pear native to China and Vietnam, in the family Rosaceae. The tree is known for its pungent, often unpleasant smell during its flowering stage, which has been described as reminiscent of rotting fish, chlorine, or semen.” (Source)

18 thoughts on “Day 47: Stinky Flowers

  1. Well, I guess you wouldn’t want to hand these stinky flowers to your loved one…. unless you were trying to break up with them… . very pretty though.

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  2. Beautiful shot Jackie. Interesting description. There are cactus that grow in the hottest parts of some deserts that have flowers that smell like rotten meat. Called carrion flowers. They live in areas that are even too hot for bees, but flies are attracted to the smell and pollinate their flowers. There’s a reason for everything nature does. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Nancy! I agree 100% with you on nature. I think the same thing is going on with this tree as far as smell goes. The flowers attract a large amount of insects so I’m guessing what stinks to us smells very attractive to them. 🙂

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  3. Stunning picture Jackie. I enlarged it to see the centre which is just beautiful. I wonder why the scent is so pungent; there is always a reason in nature isn’t there, but would be interesting to know 😊 xxx

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    • Thanks so much, Christine! There are a lot of insects that like the flowers so maybe what stinks to us is an attractive smell to an insect. That would be my best guess. Also, I’m glad to know that the photo looks okay larger. I felt it could be a little more in focus so I was worried about posting it. 🙂 xxx

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