Name Our New Corpse Flower!

Lois Update! [Corpse Flower]
Hi, Lois!

You remember Lois the Corpse Flower, right? Of course you do. Because no one could forget our favorite stinky plant!

As it turns out, the fine folks at CultureMap – the home of @CorpzFlowrLois tweeter @stevenjthomsonreceived a Corpse Flower as a gift after Lois’ twitter identity was revealed.

Now, as Zac, our horticulturist, will tell you – corpse flowers are tricky beasts. They are rare outside their native Sumatra for a reason. They require constant, skilled care. And, of course, a habitat capable of maintaining jungle-like humidity levels.

As much as the CultureMappers loved their new flower – their lovely offices do not yet boast a greenhouse. So, they donated it to the museum, making theirs a much happier plant – and giving Lois a new roommate.

It’s going to take a lot – of time, and sass – for this little-sister leaf to live up to Leave-Em-Wanting-More Lois.

And there’s just no way for that to happen as long as our newest corpse flower remains nameless.

Lois, as you may know, is named after the mother of Eddie Holik – the former director of the Butterfly Center who acquired her 7 years ago.

We thought we’d give you the honor this time.

Help Us Name Our New Corpse Flower!

Here’s how:

Leave a comment on this post with your suggested name. You have until July 15 to get your entries in, and you can post as many as you can think of – just don’t forget to fill in the “email” field, or we’ll have no way to contact you if you win.

On July 18, we’ll post the finalists here on the blog. Be sure to come back and vote for your favorite!

July 25 – the first anniversary of Lois’ bloomday – we’ll announce the winning name for our new corpse flower!

What’s In It For You?

Bragging rights! And, a private tour of the HMNS Greenhouses (not generally open to the public) with Soni and Zac, our horticulturists + a museum membership (which has some pretty cool benefits).

Ok, ready? Go!

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1,165 thoughts on “Name Our New Corpse Flower!

  1. She should be named Goldie.
    Sumatra was known in ancient times by the Sanskrit names of Swarnadwīpa (“Island of Gold”) and Swarnabhūmi (“Land of Gold”), due likely to the gold deposits of the island’s highland. (Ref: Wikipedia)

  2. Lilo – short for Little Lois, plus it’s a darn cute name for the darn cute addition to the HMNS family : )

  3. Lila — just sounds good together — Lois and Lila, like sisters.

  4. Morticia (because it is a corpse flower)
    Florence (because it is an inflorescence)
    Arioa (as in aroid family)

  5. (After all, who said the flower offspring had to be a little sister? We had Lois: Isn’t it time for a boy’s name?)

  6. Atlas – a Titan arum should have a Titan-worthy name. This flower reaches for the heavens, so should share the name with the Titan who supported the heavens!

  7. How about Eddie as tribute to the former director of Butterfly Center whose mother Lois is named after …

  8. Jack (because that’s my baby’s name and wouldn’t it be cool to be able to tell him there is a plant at the museum named after HIM!)

  9. “Clark” was the first name that popped into my head! Since there were others with the same suggestion, I’ll offer up the name “Lane” instead.

  10. I am liking all the names being sent in that are spinning off Lois( Lilou,Lilo).

    Since it was suggested the new plant was a little sister to Lois ,how about Louisa (after louisa may alcott of Little Women fame)or even Lolita. If sticking with the L’s, I am a big fan of Layla or pehaps Lotus to be somewhat redundant….. However,if gender does not come into play then my male name suggestion is Leroy (after the boy on Art Linkletter Show)!!!!!!

  11. Leiche – which is German for Corpse, and reasonably close to the sister name.

  12. Possibly:

    Lilith (somewhat mythical/classical) or

    Poppy – which I think would be fun.

  13. Well, it’s 101 degrees today, and MARGARITA is sounding pretty good right now..

    … tall, green and VERY cool!

  14. I get a whole Bride of Frankenstein vibe from this flower, so I was thinking Elsa the name of the actress who played Bride of Frankenstein in the movie.

  15. Whoever said Morticia was in the right path (And read my mind), but I propose:
    MORTY. Perfect for a Corpse flower.

  16. How about “Amor” (means “Love” in Spanish) because the Corpse Flower’s name is Amorphophallus Titanum and we will “lovingly wait” for this new baby to bloom.

  17. I’d have to say Morticia as well. Morticia took care of flowers as the matriarch of the Addams Family and her name comes from the latin word meaning “death”. What a fitting tribute to have her live on as a budding corpse flower.

  18. My boys think it should be Aphrodite – because we thought Lois was beautiful, and we know she will be too.

  19. Ki: The Earliest Sumerian earth Goddess.
    Inanna: A personification of the morning and evening star.

  20. Let’s name the new corpse flower Pomona, after Pomona Sprout, the herbology professor and head of Huffleuff house at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

  21. Morticia for the corpse flower sounds very appropriate.

  22. What do you think of “Morticia” from The Addams Family? I think it pairs nicely with the corpse theme.

  23. I think we should name it jewel because A:it so contradicts what it is I mean, come on it’s a CORPSE flower and B: Lois has been like a jewel for the museum, bringing in visitors.

  24. Thought of some more…

    How ’bout “Esprit” (de Corps, of course…), or

    Maybe “Windy”, in honor of the odor, or

    “Little Ghoul” (little girl : ) )

  25. How about Azrael the Angel of Death?
    Or Dorian, as in Dorian Gray. The guy who had the portrait of himself made and he couldn’t look at it or he would die.

  26. One suggestion is “Cormella” (A mashup of “Camilla” and “Corm”) or “Cormicopia”

    Going with the “Munsters” theme, how about “Hermann”? (after both the Munster and the Park)

    Last, but not least: “Sam”, which could be either male or female, but also is a reference to that dude on the horse sitting in the circle next to the Museum.

    ~EdT.

  27. Sam because it is a gender neutral name – it could mean Samuel or Samantha. :-)

  28. How about “Karl” for Karl Lagerfeld since he is the head designer/creative director for Chanel? (just to be funny) :-)

  29. How about the name “Javier” for Javier Colon – the winner of NBC’s “The Voice” since he has a “perfumy” last name. :-)

  30. ok.. so i and others will not win as this was someone else’s suggestion.. but i have to agree and Clark is the first thing that pops into my head when i think of Lois.
    I vote Clark.

  31. Loleafta–a take off on Lolita, Lois, and “leaf”, meaning pretty little sister leaf!

  32. How about Amanda? Since horticulturist Zac takes such good care of Lois and you just got the new plant and Zac just got engaged, name it after his fiance.

    AMANDA or Mandy

  33. I like all of the Lilou versions and Tallulah (could be Talie shortly)

    ‘dead flower’ in Latin is ‘flore mortuam’.. hence, Flomor, Ream(pronounced like Reham), Remor, Lorea..

  34. Claire (As someone mentioned earlier, a flower should have a feminine name. And it is Lois’s little sister. Not to mention, this girl name sounds similar to Clark.)

  35. I like the name FLORENCIA in honor of the place of birth of Odoardo Beccari, the man that found her. Florencia means “flowering, in bloom” and is strong; a good name for a Titan.

  36. I like Lurch (from the Addam’s Family). The flower is going to be huge and I think that will match well.

    I also like Emily because that was the name of the corpse bride in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.

  37. Lex (as in Lex Luthor, but keeping with the “L” theme.

    Rose… ah, the irony!

  38. How about “Bela” for Bela Lugosi, the most famous corpse of all – Dracula.

  39. Call her Zani after the horticulturists who cared for her sister so well and now are caring for her. (ZAc, soNI)

  40. Rosella its my favorite name and it won’t smell quite like a rose but is as anticapated and cared for:)

  41. My vote is for the name Clark! I agree with who ever else picked Clark. Clark would be awesome & very clever!!! :)

  42. FEMALE: Joan, after my mother and her namesake, Joan of Arc. 😉

    MALE: Robert, after Robert PLANT of Led Zeppelin. get it..?

  43. Hortense. Comes from the Latin meaning gardener and shares hort- from horticulturists which her keepers are.

  44. She’s born in the south so give her a southern name like Missy. Or you could name her Sissy since she’s a little sister.
    There’s also Bella,
    Cheyenne (shy-Ann)
    Lupe (loop-aye)
    Lynn
    Desi
    Nitza (neet-sa)
    Erika
    Lola
    Xanthe (shaun-tey)
    Heather
    Gabby or Gabriella
    Amber
    Jessica
    Wilma
    Rhonda
    Theresa (ter-ee-sa)
    Francis
    Brooke
    Taima (time-ah)
    Jenelle or Jenny
    Elizabeth
    Victoria
    Catherine/Catie/Kate

  45. Setesuyara, the indonesian goddess of the underworld!
    Because the flower originates in indonesia and smells like death.
    Settie for short.

  46. I defiantly love Morticia from the Aadams family, but also LILY from the munsters and Lydia from Beetlejuice. All Awesome names

  47. I think….

    Thelma… of Thelma and Lois fame.. (ok.. I know Louise..but still)

    because they were best buddies and went over the edge together.. like two Corpse flowers.

    Besides… my students would think it was so cool.. and I would really really like to see back inside the greenhouses..
    Thanks for giving us an opportunity to name the new corpse flower…
    Cynthia Parish West Brook High School Environmental Sciences

  48. I agree with Elta.

    Lana.

    The new plant should be Lois’s sister or daughter or niece or something, so why not stick with the whole Superman theme and name her after another one of his lady loves?

  49. Leila “amazing”
    Belle “beautiful”
    Lola “strong woman”
    Adelaide “Nobility”
    Lia
    Leisa
    Marly
    Tara
    Alice
    Paris

  50. Aashka (aash-ka)meaning “Blessing”, because we a blessed we got a sister from a rare plant.

  51. Chloe, because it means “young green shoot” in Greek :) It’s the name for new plants.

  52. Rigo- as Rigor Mortis (Latin meaning “stiffness of death”)
    Mantai- For the Mantawai, Sumatra Natives sharing a piece of their culture

  53. I think “Hank” is a great name! Simple, cute, and appropriate since the last one was a female name, leading people to think (incorrectly) that “Lois” was a lady. These plants (like most flowering plants) are actually hermaphrodites.

  54. You can name it Aggie, Missy, tweety, Erica Syptak, pinky, bulldog, smurfit, Reeces, or Texas Aggie

  55. I was beaten to the punch— I vote for Clark (as in Clark Kent), too.

  56. Lois II. Like Broadway’s Audrey II, but without the man-eating behavior problem.

  57. I think you should name it Audrey, after me :) Ok, not really, but she should be named Audrey because she smells like a corpse – it’s bad breath after eating the dentist…

  58. Strictly speaking, corpse flowers aren’t just ‘female’, right?
    I like “Clark”. :)

  59. Lucy
    Sally
    Missy
    Erica Syptak
    Aggie
    Texas Aggie
    Pinky
    Reeces
    Samantha
    Kim
    Sabrina
    Cheyenne
    Miley Cyrus
    Julianne Hough
    Miranda Lambert
    Taylor Swift
    Wreckers

  60. How about Adda – A pretty name with a Sumerian translation meaning carcass, corpse or skeleton. After all, this baby is indigenous to Sumatra.

  61. Christina
    Erica Syptak
    Missy
    Reecees
    Erin
    Daisy
    Lilly
    Rose
    Kim
    Jessica
    Lucy
    Trixy
    Pinky
    Snowy
    Sunny
    Samantha
    Sabrina
    Hope
    Sara
    Mary
    Amy

  62. Libitina – from Roman mythology, goddess of death, corpses and funerals…but might be a little to intense?

    Petrichor – (Greek) the name for the smell of rain on dry ground from oils given off by vegetation…a little deceiving, but good name for a plant

    Bau – Malay word for unpleasent smell

    Moncarca – Spanish for Monarch butterfly

  63. Aggie
    Pinky
    Hope
    Kim
    Kate
    Sabrina
    Erica S.
    Missy
    Amy
    Ashely
    Christina
    Reeces
    Robin
    Lilly
    Daisy
    Rose
    Erica Syptak
    Texas Aggie

  64. Phoebe! The off the wall character from Friends that sings ‘smelly cat’ … “Smelly plant, smelly plant, what are they feeding you? smelly plant, smelly plant, it’s not your fault”

  65. Sam- as in Sam Houston; or Allen- as in the Allen Brothers- original Houstonians; or Tex (since blooming flowers seem to get international attendtion).

  66. Jane (Jane Doe- unidentified corpse)
    I do like, “lil’ stinker”. Maybe that can be her nickname!

  67. Clark.

    Kamiko, since “Lois” means “superior” and so does Kamiko.

    Amorphophis. Or Titanium. Since parts of that are bases of the scientific name for the corpse flower.

    Carissa, which means a sweet smelling flower… oh, irony! XD

  68. STAR–because a Star is……born. Stars burn brightly and then fade- some to be reborn

    Corpseacopia –because it blooms to overflowing

  69. How about Gilruth, after the first Space Center director, in honor of the last shuttle being launched and essentially, the Center closing which is an important chapter in the history of Houston.

  70. Daisy (my daughters choice)
    Lillian (after my daughter Lily)
    Jane (after my other daughter and it fits “Lois & Jane” like Lois Lane

  71. Louise for the new Corpse Flower! Hopefully she survives, our 4th offspring did not survive, but our momma Lois still has three living offspring.

  72. LORIS! My dear friend and I were obsessed with Lois. My friend’s name is Lori. Since Lois bloomed, Lori has been known as loris. I’d love to honor my friend Lori, and honor the love 2 Houstonians have for hmns by naming the little sister of Lois LORIS!!! Team zac forever.

  73. I wanted to rearrange the letters of Lois for her little sister’s name. When I read Soni I knew Soli was the name for the little sister of Lois! It sounded so much better than Isol.

  74. I think since Zac took such good care of Lois, it should be named after him. Zac Jr.

  75. As was one of Lois’s biggest fans (I visited her more than 40 times) I’d like to see her named Cordelia.

    The name is of Latin origin and the meaning of Cordelia is “heart”. Literary: in “King Lear” (1605), Shakespeare portrays Cordelia as a lovable, virtuous woman of rare honesty. Lois was lovable (quite a thing of beauty) and rare.

    Those who haven’t heard the name before or heard of King Lear tell me the name sounds like a flower.

  76. My first thought was Morticia! I think that’s a great name for a corpse flower and I see a few others have suggested it too. My second choice would be Matilda… Just sounds fun!

  77. Fredrick! It sounds so distinguished, and we need a boy, we already have a girl.

  78. I loved Lois and even visted her several times when her “stink-o-meter” was at an all time high. But I couldn’t help to feel like I was in a scene from “Little Shop of Horrors”. So with that in mind I would love to name our new seedling AUDREY if it is a girl (AUDREY II if you want to be just like the 1986 movie) or Seymour if it is a boy. I wonder if the flower on “Little Shop of Horrors” smelled too. It must have since it ate blood!

  79. Sally, in honor of Sally Ride. We just lost the Shuttle Program, why not try and keep a bit of it going by honoring the first American Woman in space?

  80. Grace (Grace of God)
    Adra
    Cloris (Flower Goddess)
    Flora
    Adia (Gift)
    Dora (Gift)
    Dory (Gift of God)
    Sera (Heavenly, Winged Angel)
    Kira
    Lady
    Teva (Nature)

  81. Ceres – goddess of growing plants and motherly relationships

    Venus – associated with love, beauty and fertility

  82. Sally, the options for alliteration are awesome! “smelly sally,” etc.

  83. Morticia from the Addams Family
    Or Lily from the Munsters

    Two well known lovely corpse ladies

  84. Lois and ‘Liberty’! Seems to me that any plant independent enough to claim such a unique scent should have a powerful name…’Give my Liberty or Give me Death!~ Seems appropriate to this follower :o)

  85. Morticia if a girl

    Fester if a boy

    Can’t go wrong with the Addams family names for a corpse flower

  86. Demeter after the Greek goddess of horticulture. Or Persephone her daughter by Zeus who is captured by Hades and spends half of the year on Earth and half the year in the underworld.

  87. Centro Trenta-Tre which is Italian for “one hundred thirty-three”; the number of years since the plant was first discovered by Italian botanist, Odorado Beccari, in 1878.

  88. Clayton : (Clay + Ton) Since the corpse flower’s name is derived from ancient Greek amorphous “without form” like clay and derived from titan “giant.” Then it should be named after something that weighs a lot. Hence the reference “ton.”

  89. Rebekah – with the News Of The World saga in mind and the ‘stink’ it has caused in the global media!

  90. How about “Odorable” :P. Or “Zephyr” which means “a gentle, mild breeze” (dictionary.com), a surprise for the unsuspecting :P.

  91. Rose, because a corpse flower by any other name would smell as….well, stinky! LOL

  92. Miasama (mee- ahz – ma)

    Pretty sounding noun that means
    1. noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.
    2. a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.

  93. Correction:

    Miasma (mee- ahz – ma)

    Pretty sounding noun that means

    1. noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.
    2. a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.

  94. July 25th is my birthday that a good time to name the flower. I like the name Ralph. You could say here is Ralph as a matter of fact or HERE IS RALPH! Ralph is a friendly name for a plant who would soon have many friends!

  95. Or Perhaps a female form of the name Zac… Zaharina,
    or perhaps Zoe as an alternative
    maybe Houston as a name
    Persephone, Ancient Greek ‘Queen of the Dead’
    Charlotte
    Mara, means Bitter or death-bringing
    Kalma, ancient Finnish goddess of death whose name means corpse stench
    Ophelia, tragic Shakespearean heroine
    Ayanna, name meaning Beautiful flower
    Abbey or Abigail, meaning beautiful in form

  96. I LOVE Clark as the name with “lois and clark” as the background… especially since we have a Houston Superman taking care of them!

    Walter?
    Tilly?
    Edna?

  97. Name it “Prudencia”, after the grandmother I never met and whom I’m named after.. I don’t like the fact that I’m the only PRUDENCIA in existence in Houston! Or am I? Well, it’s such an unusual name that I got taunted and teased about it and forced me to start using my middle name instead..
    If you guys at HMNS like feminine, unusual, unique names, this one is it. However, “Clark” would work just fine too for those who want a masculine name for the flower :)

  98. I say we name her “Olores”
    Shorten from Dolores-A funny variation of painfully smelly in spanish…

  99. A few ideas:
    Bones (as in the TV character)
    Lilly (“The Munsters”)
    Crimsa
    Cemetarie

  100. How about Pandora, so beautiful on the outside but then she opens that box..

  101. Twettie- because if it were not for the guy tweetering about Lois, and receiving the flower as a gift and then donating it to the museum, there would be nothing to name…

    so TWEETIE should be the name. :}

  102. Lugosi (as in Bela Lugosi) – Phonetic Pronunciation: luu-GO-see
    A bit of background on this name:
    Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó (20 October 1882 – 16 August 1956), commonly known as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian actor of stage and screen. He was best known for playing Count Dracula.

    “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is a gothic rock song written by the band Bauhaus. The song was the band’s first single, released in August 1979, and is often considered to be the first gothic rock record released.

  103. Frank. Name it Frank because it will eventually smell like rotting franks.

  104. To add to my submission of the name Lugosi, I was wondering about the sex of the plant and Google helped me with this below…
    Both male and female flowers grow in the same inflorescence. The female flowers open first, then a day or two following, the male flowers open. This usually prevents the flower from self-pollinating.

  105. Sam (Sam Houston)
    Atlantis ( the spaceshuttle)
    STS-135 (last spaceshuttle)
    Natasha
    Kelly
    Angel
    Daisy
    Lily
    Carly
    Victorious

  106. Audrey II

    The name Seymore gave to the man eating plant in the Broadway Play and Movie “Little Shop of Horrors” He named it after his secret love Audrey.

  107. While I do not think plants should have names other than botanical names, I realize no one is going to call this plant by its botanical name which is Amorphophallus titanum or A. titanum. So, if we have to name it, how about Culture Map or CM from whom HMNS adopted the A. titanum? My other choices would be Naomi, which means “my sweetness,” or Titania. After all didn’t A. titanum at HMNS bloom in the Midsummer Night?

  108. The Lady GaGa corpse flower. This will give the flower instant fame and your museum even more publicity.

  109. I assumed that the first was named Lois for the Little Shop of Horrors man-eating plant, so I would suggest Seymour or Audrey.

  110. How about naming her Magenta, Rose, or Violet to represent her colorfull bloom.

  111. I really like that Lois is short and easy to pronounce.
    My vote is for Kate/Cate (how ever you want to spell it).

    I also like the name Ruth if Kate/Cate has already been suggested.

  112. I like the name Nefferterie (pronounced neffer-teary). In honor of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, because this flower is beautiful and mysterious as is Nefertiti. It also means the beautiful one has come.

  113. Shia LaFleur

    For instance, if it is anything like Lois, “shyly the flower” opened…

  114. My suggestions are:
    Lane
    Jane
    Madeleine
    Harry
    Mathilda
    Petals
    Bartholomew
    Karen
    Seacrest
    Sunshine, and last but not least,
    Hope

  115. LILY is a great name for this little corpse flower. LOIS & LILY – two corpse flowers.

  116. Thomson, after the tribe name Thomsonieae. Or Alisma after the Order Alismatales. All names were found with wikipedia.

  117. How about Bella, when you see a picture of the bloom, I think of the “beauty” of it more than the smell.

  118. Pepe’ Le Pew, the cartoon character skunk that everyone liked. He just had one problem. He stunk!! Same with the Corpse Flower.

  119. “Death Becomes Her” – Title from that comedy movie w/ Brue Willis and Goldie Hawn! Or “Bonnie” (shortened for botanist)

  120. Lacey…which means mythical woman…perfectly fitting
    LOLA…I love this name…perfect name for little sister of Lois
    LIBBY

  121. Dieasa pronounced Die e Sa

    or Kalma (Finnish goddess of death means corpse stench)

    or Desdemona

  122. Phyllis the Corpse Flower! (if it’s a girl)

    Howard the Corpse Flower (if it’s a boy)

    😉

  123. Corvina- means dark
    Raven- means dark
    Zelia- means zeal
    Dierdre- means sorrowful
    Phaedra- in Greek mythology, King Minos’s daughter (Phaedra) committed
    suicide when her step son refused her advances
    Griselda- means dark battle
    Samara- means night talk
    Hermia- character in Midsummer Nights Dream
    Rajani- means night
    Leonore- Lady lost forever from Edgar Allen Poe poem “The Raven”
    Delilah- means seductive

  124. Name that flower “Casey Anthony”

    Because it reeks of death, attracts thousands of on-lookers, and will safely go dormant.

  125. Lois Lane’s mother was Ella. Or how about Mira (merra), then everyone would finally pronounce my name right!

  126. Destiny because the Houston Natural Science Museum was destined to get a new corpse flower!!

  127. Cahaya ~ Unisex Indonesian name.
    Means “light”.

    Dwi ~ Unisex Indonesian name.
    Means “Second Child”

    Bunga ~ “Flower” in Indonesian

    I think it is important that we don’t specify a gender because the Amorphophallus titanum does in fact have both male and female parts =)

  128. Audrey (Little House of Horrors).

    Venus (she’s not a flytrap, she’s the goddess of love!)

    Princess Kate (royalty – maybe they’d come visit!)

    Iris or Lily (flower types)

  129. I vote for Morticia as well. It’s the first thing I thought of when I looked at the picture.

  130. I thank thay should name the flower lady gaga .just from when she wore the meat dress .in it look’s like it would smell like something bad .you know that you can’t put purfume on a pice of meat it just going
    smell bad.I thank this is a good name for the flower .

  131. Larry
    Lyle
    Oscar
    Lilly
    Pantera
    Natalie
    Hecter
    Victor
    MY FAVORITE IS CANDICE!!!!!

  132. #1. Lily… as in Lily Munster (The Munsters)
    #2.Morticia as in Morticia Adams (The Admas Family)
    Like many on here, my 1st thought was also “Clark” as in Lois and Clark of Superman.

  133. I think the name:
    Mr. Bone Jangles would make for a fun name for a Corpse flower

  134. The perfect name for the corpse flower is “Morticia” – “Mort” is a French word meaning “dead”. If you ad “n” at the end or “Morticia” and the word would be Mortician.

  135. 1) Morticia – Play on words for the corpse theme.

    2) Dali – Eccentric yet whimsical.

    3) Lady Gaga – One monstrously odorous plant.

    4) Stinky Foo – Opposite of Sweet Pea

    5) Smelly Nelly

  136. My mom was thinking Morticia (like Morticia Aadams) too, so I vote for that one.

  137. How about “Sally” in honor of the the love interest of the main character Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas?

  138. Joseph, Minnie, Steve, Lane, Jimmy, Jake, Rosalyn, Shelley, Lily, Mona, Harmony, Joanne, Emma, Natalie, Tonya, Shannon, Julie, Tyler, Carrie-Mae, Gloria, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Huckleberry, Skipper,

  139. Schatz….pronounced… shots
    It means treasure. If it is a treasure to those who appreciate it then why cant the name say so?

  140. I think the prefect name sure be Otis, so Lois meet your new friend Otis. that truly has a ring to it.

  141. To celebrate the Spanish heritage in Houston:

    Antonella (flower)

    Dalia (flower)

    Dulce (sweet)

  142. How about Caylee– we only had her for a few moments but she made a huge impact on the world and the flower does the same. We can only cherish its bloom for so long and then its over with memories of its experience to last us a lifetime

  143. Lilith. a dangerous & spirited name for a dangerous & spirited plant.

  144. STINKY WINKY
    Because its stinky and it will make you winky your eyes and hold your nose.

  145. Gem (if female) or Jim (male) – because she or he will be the jewel of this year’s exhibit

  146. Since Lois is a super flower with a super stinky aroma, her pal should be named Lane, like Lois Lane.

  147. I think our new little Corpse Flower should have the name O-dor-a for her distinct odor.

  148. Hermina

    A variant of Herminia (Spanish) and Hermione (Greek), and the meaning of Hermina is “messenger; earthly”.

    This was my husband’s grandmother’s name. She was a special lady. :)

  149. I suggest “Hope”, after Hope Solo, goalie of US women’s soccer team.

  150. I’ve always liked “Lucretia Synkavitch”. Kids wouldn’t go for it as a pet name though!

  151. What about the name Seymour?? Come see more of Seymour!!! lol, play on words.

  152. Vincent, in a nod to Vincent Price of the old horror films. If it’s a Corpse Flower, who better to represent than Vincent Price? And we could nickname the flower Vince, or Vinnie. Good fun.

  153. I too want to propose the name “Clark,” as in Lois & Clark … it’s a natural for the news reporters (local and national) to pick-up and run with for great publicity for the HMNS! Also, we’ll get to watch as the mild-mannered shoot turns into: … Up in the sky, look: It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s SUPERMAN!

  154. Name her Thomasina in honor of Sir Thomas Raffles. Another possibility would be Lily since she kind of looks like a lily. :)

  155. The first thing that popped into my mind was Endora, that rare flower from Bewitched fame. She was a real stinker, but had an real enduring presence and she could really clear a room!

  156. The plant’s native country of Sumatra made me think that “Sinatra” would be a great neame.

  157. Since my first ex was Lois, that first name rang true. If you pick Lili, my second ex, that would be really, really creepy. Failing that, I rather like Morticia, but can’t say I know her, yet…

  158. How about Clark? As in, Lois & Clark. What a pair they will make!
    Other ideas: Sweety, Phyllis, Junior

  159. Jimmy because Jimmy Olsen was the cub reporter in the Superman Adventures.

  160. Clark! Lois and Clark just seems fitting. Lois can finally have the superman she always dreamed about! A super “smelly” man that is!! :)

  161. I think the name Thanatos would be a good pairing for Lois.
    They work well together and since Lois is a greek name usually meaning “Superior” and Thantos for “Death”. I think Superior Death is a good description for the Corpse Flower.
    Tim

  162. Everyone knows that Lois needs Clark! They’re a natural pair!!

    I got to the party too late. Several of you shared my thoughts.

    Clark!

  163. FLORENCE, OLIVE – suggested by my husband

    MILDRED, HAZEL, SWEETPEA – my suggestions

  164. Amor (spanish for Love) short for its real name Amorphophallus titanum. plus the city of Houston LOOOOOOVESSS its corpse flowers.

  165. Aramis (alternative spelling Arumis)- derived from “Arum,” and also the name of a loyal “musk”ateer. Also a little irony given it would share its name with a popular perfume/cologne line.

  166. Lorelei

    In Germanic legend, Lorelei was a beautiful siren who sat upon a rock in the Rhine River and lured sailors to shipwreck and death.

  167. Glory. Its splendid in its creation and there is dignity in stink, ask PePe Le Pew. Glory should be this majestic plant’s name.

  168. Lula Belle
    Bella La Peux
    Lil Stinker
    Missy Miss – missed the perfume
    Reeky
    Cru Ella
    Naydia
    Simmie Terry
    Putridicus
    Aromatica
    Wendy
    Destiny
    CoCo
    Polaris
    Flora
    Brawny

  169. ‘Dead on Arrival’. DOA for short. If necessary, you could call ‘her’ Doathy.

  170. “gǎ-gà`” a nice way of describing something smelly or stinky in my language :)

    or

    Chòu!Chòu! which also means stinky

  171. Patience – It takes a lot of patience from an audience to wait and see the beauty of the bloom

  172. “Viande” — French for “meat” — seems appropriate for a corpse flower!

  173. -Lillian

    Imagine… “Lois and Lillian; Corpse Flower Duo Extraordinaire”

  174. I have it. BLANCHE. Because that’s what people do when they see her — and then when they smell her! It’s a NAME that’s a VERB, too!

  175. I think you should name her Audrey like the people eating plant from outer space in the play/movie Little Shop of Horrors…her tag line was “Feeeeeeed Meeeeee”

  176. The flower puts out a smell of a rotting corpse. Rotting corpses remind me of zombies. Zombies remind me of George Romero, the “Godfather of all Zombies”. The corpse flower is native to Sumatra, which is part of Indonesia. According to Wikipedia, Jaja is Indonesian for George. I think the new flower should be named Jaja after the Indonesian name for the “Godfather of all Zombies”.

  177. Emily! (Corpse Bride)

    I know people have said this already, but I think it’s a great name, fits perfectly. It was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the flower.

  178. I think it’s name should be Patience! Houstonians certainly had a lot of patience while waiting on Lois.

  179. BLOSSOM (from the English word meaning flower or bloom)

    or

    CLIA (from the Greek word meaning famous flower)

  180. Male Gender: Peter, Zachary, Zeus , Marley , Titan , Axel , Clark
    Female Gender : skylar, josie, zoe, ava, maria, pricilla, georgette

  181. I feel that the name: VALESKA would be a perfect name. Valeska meaning splendid as it is a splending flower.

    :)

  182. Peter! This gives plenty of names for future flowers – Chris, Meg, Stewie, Adam West, Greased Up Deaf-Flower…

  183. Boy’s name – Clark, as in Lois & Clark

    Gir’s name – Rachel, like Batman’s girlfriend (since Lois is Superman’s girlfriend)

  184. Alice
    Agnes
    Lena

    That’s my mom and grandmothers, all rather quaint names that would go with “Lois.” Saw Lois at her stinkiest last year and still have the buttons to show for it!

  185. I think the flower should be named “Blossom”, like the skunk in the moving Bambi!

  186. I think “The Afterlife” would be a great name for this flower.

  187. My suggestion as a name for the new Corpse Flower is CLEOPATRA

    William B. Keith
    1302 Pilot Point Dr
    Houston, TX 77038

    281 445-2546

  188. My first thoguht was Kelly (yeah, I watched Saved By the Bell as a kid).

    However I really like the Morticia suggestion.

  189. Tootie (or Tootsie)
    Becky
    Tarzan
    Mae
    Edna
    Edwina
    Chester
    Chelsea
    Zappa
    Chuckie
    Carrie
    Bertha
    DeeDee
    Janet
    Niece
    Smyrna
    Corpus Christie
    Lanelle (or LaNell)

  190. Merci – this benefits both sides — a patient bloomer & a smelly output when it blooms!!!! One can only say “Mercy”…

  191. i suggest we name Ameila after the late great explorer Amelia Earhart. As a tribute to a pioneer & admiralbe lady.
    Thanks,Ty

  192. I have two names..

    The first being: Hadara (ha-DAR-ah)
    Hebrew origin; Meaning: spectacular ornament, adorned with beauty, splendor, & glory.

    The second: Belle or Bella
    French origin; Meaning: Beautiful.

  193. I think she should be named Audry after the flower in Little Shop of Horrors. :)

  194. Ory, after the horticulturist that actually raised Lois. It would be a great tribute.

  195. Tatanga = the Mysterious Spaceman (Japanese)
    Patanga = The sun, a moth, grasshoPPer (Asia, India, Hindu Science)
    Andromeda = Daughter of Cepheus; chained to cliff for monster to devour; rescued by Perseus. (Greek/Roman Mythology)
    Aurora = Same as Eos; Goddess of Dawn (Mythology)
    Demeter = Goddess of agriculture; mother of Persephone. (Mythology)
    Nyx/Nox = Goddess of Night (Mythology)
    Tellus/Terra = Goddess of Earth (Roman Mythology)
    Libitina = Roman myth name of a goddess of corpses, funerals, and the dead. Her name was synonymous with the word “death.”
    Morana = Slavic name meaning “death.” In mythology, this is the name of a goddess of death and winter.

  196. Morticia (remember the Adamms family?), after all mors or mortis is the Latin word for death.

  197. CHIMICHANGA(i have a bucket list and one of the things i want to do is name someting after this food0 =]
    ABERNATHY (the name of my first child)

  198. Hermann !

    HMNS is on Hermann Drive (spelled with 2 n’s).
    Also there is Herman Munster.
    And the plant is a Hermaphrodite.

  199. CFC

    Short for CorpseFlowerClark.
    CFC actually stands for”Chlorafloracarbon” which is a volatile derivative of methane and ethane that depletes the ozone.

  200. My Plant should be named HARRIET because IT looks like a BIG HAIRY PLANT.

  201. If the new flower is supposed to be the little sister of Lois then name her Lucy which was Lois Lane’s little sisters name.

  202. Mitzi. (of course). And M comes after L. So logical it makes my head hurt.

  203. Houstons new corpse flower..”MARIZA”….its catchy..and..i love her…muah!!.;)

  204. I vote for “Morticia” from Adams family fame.
    However, I submit “Stinky”, the long forgotten 8th dwarf from Snow White.

    Thanks

  205. Prudence – as in “…Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?…”
    Or Prudie, for short.

  206. Since the plant smells of rotting flesh why not Zomflora. Seriously combine a flower – flora and smell of rotting flesh – a zombie , thought it was appropriate:). Actually my son Mike helped me with this one and thought it fit!
    I love flowers! Would love to see this one since I missed the other. Hope it hadn’t been suggested yet. Again Zomflora!

  207. How exciting! Congrats, HMNS!
    You called the new plant a “little sister.” Does that mean it’s a female Corpse Flower?

    A name… Lessee…

    Wangi, Pronounced: WAHNG-ee,) means “Fragrant” and is of Javanese/Indonesian origin.
    Quite a misnomer 😉

    Anuja (pronounced ahnu-JA) is a Sanskrit word that can mean “little sister.”
    That seems fitting.

  208. Here are a few name ideas:

    -Gaia (“Goddess of Nature”)

    -Demeter (“Mother Earth”)

    – Lloyd (I like the name)

    -Mana (an energy source that resides in all living things)

    – Blossom (or Sakura; “Cherry Blossom”)

    – Gertrude ( “strength”. Also,the “previously” world’s oldest living person was named this)

    – Bell

    – Windsor

    – Stayton (horticulturist in the Houston Chronicle where I found the article for this! :P)

    and finally…

    – Alexus (“defender”)

    Good Luck to everyone!!! 😀 Can’t wait to see/hear the finalists and the new name chosen! <3

  209. Since Lois Anne Pfiester was a pretty well known botanist, shouldn’t we reunite her with her husband? I say name the new flower Dee, for Lois’ husband Dee Fink.

  210. Boris
    Eureka
    Cleo
    Neece
    Viola
    Neva
    Gwen
    Gwendolyn
    Freida
    Fred
    Lurch
    Wolfgang
    Bach
    Veronica
    Dora
    Tabitha
    Sabrina
    Fran
    Virgie (or Virgil)

  211. I would like to suggest for the newest Corpse Flower name: Dominique (After Local 2 News Anchor, Dominique Sachse)

  212. i think it should be the corpses daughter cause its the second one :). i am nine and think all the kids would like it.thanks people!:)

  213. She looks like a “Lola” to me. Since she’s still young let’s call her “Lolita” which means little Lola.

  214. Soilent Green

    Soil is an anagram of Lois and soil is, well, soil, the home of the plant. The name is also an homage to the 1973 movie Soylent Green, which depicted a planet dying from environmental abuse in which people ate processed food, including something called soylent green. The terrible secret, in the last line of the movie, is that “Soylent Green is PEOPLE”–or made from corpses.

  215. My name suggestions:

    Ruth, Pixie, Viola, Libitina, Isis, Ophelia, Wednesday, Adele, Matilda, Imogene, Elsa, Yasmeen, Lena,Camille, Holly, Ingrid, Prudence, Agatha, Fern, Drusilla, Ursala

  216. I like the name Calypso because it means hidden.
    Another name I like is Echo, because this corpse flower is an like an echo of Lois.
    Another possibility is the name Rune because it is a secret.

  217. I think you should name the plant after me. My name is Lalo,cuz like me it also has and odor problem like when i finish playing bascket-ball ha ha!! lol!and it fits properly with lois, you can call them lois and Lalo. The big sister and lil’ brother :)

  218. Lulu: It is a form of the name Louise. The dictionary defines it as a person or thing considered to be outstanding in size, appearance, etc. And the Thesaurus lists beauty, looker and knockout as related words.

  219. Eliza (or Liza for short) after Sam Houston’s first wife, Eliza Allen.

  220. Wow, all the variations on Lois, but no votes for Eloise. Consider this post my vote for that name; pronounced EH-loh-eez – see this site http://www.babynamewizard.com/namipedia/girl/eloise

    I have another idea. Why not, in the name of education, name it a boy and girl name, because these flowers have both male and female parts? Maybe a first and middle name, and then everyone would ask why, and Zac could tell them!

  221. Putricia
    Malodora
    Marvella
    Vilette (like Violet, but smellier!)
    Awe-drey (like Audrey, but awe inspired!)
    Vita (as in ‘life’)
    Colossia
    Majesty
    Gloria (sure to be Glorious!)
    Haley (from ‘hale’ meaning strength)
    Viggo (based on ‘vigorous”)
    Ripley (from ‘Alien’)
    Hope
    Flo (from ‘flora’)

  222. Okay, I notice a couple of people have already put in for it, but I’m going to go with Clark – it was the first thing that came into my head after I read the article about the new plant!

  223. MONA (Malodorous Odoriferous Nauseous Asphyxiata…a little creativity at the end to make it sound feminine)

  224. Phoebe – the name of my beautiful female Borzoi – she is sometimes smelly as well. Smelly Plant, oh, Smelly Plant… what are they feeding you?

  225. How about Lolly – short for Lolita, pronounced like holly or

    Smellie Daniellie in honor of my neice, when she was a baby. She no longer smells.

  226. Seymour or Audrey! (Since Little Shop Of Horrors was playing in the theatre while Lois was blooming!)

  227. Let’s name it AUDREY III to help celebrate one of the most well known plants in history, “Audrey II” from the musical “Little Shop of Horrors”, which incidentally was showing last year when Lois was blooming!

    Houston gets so excited over our corpse plants (and rightfully so), that I’m sure our new addition will be “the plant that ate Houston!”

    Let’s give a memorable name (Audrey III)to the new plant and help celebrate the fantastic arts scene that we have all at the same time!

  228. I would call the plant Benevolent, which means wishing or intended to do good, kindly, charitable generous, bountiful philantropic (from the world book dictionary) I believe it is all those things afterall it is a plant and will share all it has but does not know that it may be smelly in an unpleansant way, it is very beautiful in appearance, teaches the lesson that things are not always as they appear, approach with caution.

  229. I would name here Isis. Isis was the matron of nature and magic and that is exactly what the corpse flower represents…the magic in nature.

  230. Our new arrival should be named Nova. She is a new addition and brings perpetual life to her species.

  231. Puteri… “Puteri is a title inherited by the female descendant of a Megat.”
    You know… goes with pew :)

  232. oh, two of the best names already taken (Morticia and Audry III)

    Other choices: Thanatos, Exquisite Corpse Flower (a la Exquisite Corpse magazine, game), Frankenflower, …

    #1 choice, some variation of

    Cleopatra

    (the man-eating plan of the Addams Family)

    (Cleoputrid, etc)

  233. Ricci – After Louis Ricciardiello (Louis’ namesake) who holds the record for the world’s largest bloom

  234. Eliza, derived from lilly or “the flower, innocence, purity and beauty”. Surnamed from Elizabeth “Promise of God”. Isabel is also my favorite variation of this name.

  235. Claire. Lois was named after a mother and two great tv moms are the Claires from the Cosby show and Modern Family!

  236. My suggestion is XOCHIQUETZAL (XOCHI – pronounced SO-CHEE) for short. Xochi is the Aztec goddess of flowers.

  237. for a rare and beutiful addition to HMNS’s family how about “Amor” for the newest amorophallus titanum. also means love in spanish

  238. you could stick with the superman theme but shift to the show smallville and name her erica (after erica durance who played lois lane) or chloe..lois lane’s cousin.

    what could potentially be more fun is naming her after one of the sisters from wicked (the story of the wicked witch from the wizard of oz). elphaba is the name of the wicked witch and her sister (who was killed by dorothys house) is nessarose. you could even go with galinda (the original name of the good witch before she dropped the “a” in her name to show her sadness at elphabas banishment (they were once best friends).

  239. Matilda since it’s from Indonesia and it smells like something dead. The Indonesian word for dead appears to be mati so…Matilda

  240. I suggest the name Kahlo, as in Frida Kahlo. Just like Frida Kahlo’s art, the Corpse Flower can sometimes be gross, but is always beautiful.

  241. The Corpse Bride’s name was “Emily”, which picks up the “l”, but I was really thinking about “Lurch”, like the Addams’ Family butler. “You rang? Uhhhhhrrrrrr.”

  242. As not to upstage or outshine her older sister, “Pippa” seems quite fitting. And should she bloom in a more timely manner than older sister, Lois, I’m sure she will maintain her humble demeanor. :)

  243. Dear Dear. Caracara, after the beautiful, brightly-colored vulture who treasures carrion in a disgusting manner (Darwin’s judgement, not mine. Voyage of the Beagle)

  244. It has to be “Audrey II”. That was the name of the man-eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors. The main character named it after the girl he had a crush on, Audrey. Hence, Audrey II. This is the 2nd corpse flower…..therefore, the perfect name!

  245. In honor of Steven Thompson, who brought Lois to life last summer, I suggest Stefanie Lois Thompson.
    The female version of Steven is Stephanie or Stefanie. Stefanie is a female name that comes from the Greek name “Stefanos” meaning “crown” that is appropriate for the terra cotta highness.

  246. Klaire the corpse flower. Named after my beautiful bride to be. So happy that she smells better than Lois but shares the same beauty.

  247. For Queen Lois, I propose the museum needs a princess, so my vote is for Princess Buttercup from “The Princess Bride”, or Buttercup for short. ‘As you wish’ Lois and Buttercup!

  248. Lokeilani / Lokei / Rose

    Hawaiian for Rose/ Rose of heaven/ flower of heavenly fragrance.

    We spell it as above/ also spelled Lokelani.

  249. Precious. Because it’s kinda funny and because she is a rare and precious albeit stinky flower.

  250. How about Mavis for a girl, or Don Cormeone for a boy (because of corm, and insted of Don Corleone from The Godfather)

  251. Daisy
    Three reasons to consider Daisy.
    1. I have no relations, friends, acquaintances or critters that go by that name whom can claim association with that name. 2. The dual syllabic strong sounding name is pleasing, easy to understand and hear. 3 The marketing potential of the uncopywrited nursery rhyme Daisy Daisy and a contest to spin off from it using different words to the poem or creating a new poem has potential.

  252. Lestari

    The name is Indonesian, from her native country, and it means everlasting.

  253. How about Titania (pronounced Tih-TAHN-ya), or even Tanya for short….it’s a titan arum, no?

  254. TaiChi she is so Ying Yang, all beauty, and stinky terror.
    Plus you need to meditate and wait, wait, wait for blooming.

  255. I like Beatrice or Beatrix meaning voyager through life. I also like Beulah or Ethel(noble). Emily means rival, emulating.

  256. Hi (as in Hi and Lois in the comic strip)
    Pepe (as in Pepe le Pew)(accent on second syllable since it’s French)

  257. Name it “Delecti” as in Corpus Delecti or better known as the actual “body” (or corpse) of the deceased.

  258. I think Lana as in Lana Lang who was Lois Lane’s sometimes rival for Superman’s attention.

  259. Clark as is Louis and Clark. Helped us learn something new.

    Braille as in Louis Braille. Even without eyesight you can enjoy this flower.

  260. How about Luna – to represent the moon and of course our favorite Ravenclaw girl – Luna Lovegood

  261. EMILY – from “Corpse Bride” .
    or BOB- because that’s a good name, short and simple.
    or Paul. or DAN …

  262. So, per #RedShirtGuy, you should name the new flower Julio on account of his monumental act of blocking the online view. He is the Posh to her Becks

  263. Malodora

    It combines another word for stink, malodor, with the feminine name of Dora.

  264. Gagatha Christie. It is a mystery when the corpse flower will bloom and her scent will be a killer! :)

  265. We like the name Gabbie, named after our little dachshund, who recently passed away, but had the worst breath in the world….like sewage and rotting fish. Due to a liver condition she could not have teeth cleanings, so this was just a part of her we had to accept, no amount of brushing or breath freshner helped. We loved her just the same, she was beautiful and fun but stinky…..our own little corpse flower.

  266. She should be named after Marie Antoinette because she will receive thousands of visitors to her “court,” has a ruffled neckline and blooms for a very short time.
    She, like her sister, is a queen.

  267. I think this cute little bud should be named “Fluffy.” Since she’s bound to be a stinker when she grows up, I think she needs a soft and gentle name to encourage warm thoughts for her despite her future.

  268. My daughter Krista,9, thinks it should be named Victoria,because it is a pretty name!!

  269. i want sneech like the dr.seuss book! reminds of the little yellow things with the fuss in the middle of there necks (:

  270. Edla. Of my friends, I have two who are named Edla and Lois. Why not? Two four letter names, like mine. Crazy reasoning, right?

  271. Wow! I just read the whole list! My favorites now, besides Audrey and Morticia, are Libitina, Malodora, Lillith, Persephone, and Kalma for the reasons their original submitters gave.

    I also really like Ophelia, since it is a name associated with death and because Shakespeare in the Park happens so close to the HMNS and I like Dahlia since these flowers have a beautiful purplish black color.

    However, I think the very best name suggested above was Muriel–not a name I would bestow on very many beings, but I think it has a darkly beautiful grandeur that perfectly captures the essense of a corpse flower in bloom.

  272. His name will be Lars. Even if you give him a different name, when I come to see him, I will still call his Lars. So…

  273. Since Lois was named after a HMNS staffer’s family member (if I remember correctly), and NOT a movie chatacter, the new one should be named STEVE… in honor of STEVE. The museum now has a 2nd Corpse Flower because of him!!

  274. Correction : “STEVEN” in honor of STEVEN!!!! I was typing fast and forgot the “N”.

  275. You alluded to the fact that she is a Princess, so her name should be Kate. Who knows, she might be so honored to have a flower named after her, she and Wills might come visit, lol!!! Besides, THE Queen just might be amused over this one, lol!!!

  276. Andrew
    Andrew should be the name, after the angle who takes the souls to the jugement place. I think its pretty clever because it smells like death so please vote for Andrew! :)

  277. PRECIOUS… because we are hoping she would give us precious stinky blooms like her sister, Lois. And, it has a bit of an eerie tone, especially if you say it like the way the hobbit did in the film Lord of The Rings — “My Precious”.

  278. Name for corpse flower “The Living Corpse”. Also the name of a Russian play written around 1900.

    Another option

  279. Since the corpse flower is so odiferous, I’m suggesting Odi, or Odee, or perhaps “Odi One Come Smell Me”

  280. This is a no brainer! The “Corpse Flower” should be named Morticia. Back in the day, there was an afternoon television called “The Addams Family” – remember? It was somewhat of a strange show, but rather entertaining. The mother / wife – well, her name was Morticia. She looked like death! AND, if you add an “n” to Morticia, you get mortician. What does a mortician do? You got it. They deal with corpses! So – I’m suggesting her name be called Morticia. I put this on your Facebook page a while back, but only today did I realize I needed to submit through here. Good luck to me!

  281. All the names submitted are good names , but this a unique flower and so deserves a unique name. How about….Lysandria

  282. Well I would like to see us use a name some have used for a city near Houston for it’s smell already. I would like to see —–
    ” STINK-A-DENA ” be the new name.

  283. I love the Dr. Suess idea. How about Lorax? As the Onceler puts it he was “shortish, and brownish, and oldish, and mossy, and he spoke with a voice that was sharpish and bossy.”
    The stink is kind of “sharpish”? Wouldn’t you say?

  284. Wow, I didn’t realize so many people had picked the name Morticia. So, I’m going to suggest that we name the Corpse Flower the following:

    Esproc Flora – How did I arrive at this?

    Esproc – spelled backwards is Corpse.
    Flora – Flower in Spanish

    Let’s see how that rolls!

    Have a great day!
    Kirk

  285. Limberger as in the wonderful smelly cheese. I was a great fan of Lois

  286. I think it should be named KATIE in honer of my coworker, because it really stinks to have to work with her.

  287. Lois needs a sister named Lafleur!!! The name means “the flower” in French.

  288. As long as there are no copyright infringement issues, I was always tickled by the macaubre name: : “Morticia” (as in Morticia Addams, from the TV show)

  289. Casey’s Trunk — I think this name is self explanatory, however, it is probably not fair to the flower.

  290. “Kali” :

    Hindu goddess…The name Kali comes from kāla, which means black, time, death. Kali means “the black one” consort, also means “the Time” or “Death” (as in time has come). Hence, Kali is considered the goddess of time and change.

  291. Daniel or Dan (After Dan Duncan who donated 25 million to the museum in 2007.)

    A version of Elton John’s “Daniel” could be used as it’s theme song! :-)

  292. THE NAME OF THIS FLOWER SHOULD BE “FESTER”. THIS WORD FITS THE PLANT’S SMELL.

  293. “Putrescina”

    from “putrescine”, the malodorous organic compound within the polyamine family, and a chemical that your body naturally contains and that creates the smells of purifying flesh….

  294. Stinkerella is the perfect name for such a beautiful, stinky and rare flower!!! Thanks in advance!!!

    Semper Fi

  295. My boyfriend called me this morning excited about this contest and he asked that I enter the name: “Apestosa” (Stinky in spanish)

  296. Well my three yr. old seems to think Lilly would be the best, named after herself because she too has a big sister with smelly breath 😉

  297. Rancydia (Nickname – Cyd like Cyd Charisse)
    Petra (I was thinking of a female version of Stinky Pete)
    LuAnne
    Titania (variant of Amorphophallus Titanum and a Shakespearean character)

    Liking ohter suggestions of Morticia and Stinkerbelle.

  298. Jackie. Jackie Joseph was the orginal Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors”.

  299. I was just reading a book for my son called, “A Porcupine Namved Fluffy”, which gave me the idea for the name…

    ROSE (The Corpse Flower Named Rose)

  300. Me again – back with the same name – I just think it is perfect – Lois’ Little Sister – LOLITA!!!!! Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it???? Little Lolita! :) She’s sooo cute!

  301. How about naming the new flower after a character from the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows? They just had their 45th anniversary! There was always something going on that involved a corpse or ghost lol. There are so many cool names from the series, Josette, Angelique, Barnabas, Quentin, Magda, Victoria, etc. And one of the main characters was played by classic film star Joan Bennett. She was such a unique & classy lady, just like the corpse flower! : )

  302. Morticia it has to be! The others are cute, and Goldie was cool,….but what could be a better fit than Morticia! Thank you sooo much for the gift to our wonderful Museum! No matter what name is chosen she will be loved and enjoyed by all!! (even if we do have to hold our noses)

  303. JULIET:
    ‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
    Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
    What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
    Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
    Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
    What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet;
    So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
    Retain that dear perfection which he owes
    Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
    And for that name which is no part of thee
    Take all myself.

  304. “Lane” or “Griffin”, Loise Lane was the first thing to come to mind. Or maybe “Griffin”, that way you could get Seth McFarlin to come to the blooming, ha,ha.

  305. I like these names for Lois’s new friend. Picture two old ladies sitting on a porch in rocking chairs, overlooking a butterfly garden, sipping iced tea, talking about family, old men, and the weather, just passing the time.

    1. Cordelia

    2. Edna

    3. Edith

    4. Betty

    Thank you!

  306. Here is what I would name the Corpse Flower: DeathBreath; Death Lilly; Mephitis; Nosferatia; Churel; Lilith; Lucia; Kali; Aswang

  307. My money’s on Achlys:Spirit of death mist….(A Greek Mythology personified concept).

    Medusa or Lilith, Morticia, or La Muerte (Spanish for death)…good alternates.

  308. “putrid” would be good considering the smell it will put off. Or “livid”; “malodorous”; “decadence”; “rank” or “rancid” ha, ha

  309. The new Corpse Flower should be named Discovery after one of Nasa’s retired space shuttles. Meaning revelation, exploration, and examination, perhaps Houston will have a place for Discovery afterall. :)

  310. My 4yr old daughter would like to nominate the name “stinky little brother” after her 2mo old baby brother.

  311. I like the name Vida.
    In Spanish meaning life. A new life and new beginning.

  312. I would like to name it Karma after my wife. We really enjoyed visiting Lois last year and it will always be a favorite memory of mine. Plus “Karma the Corpse Flower” has nice alliteration.

  313. Submissions are now closed! We’ll post the top five contenders plus instructions on how to vote for the final name on Monday. Thank you all for participating!

  314. Millie. My grandmother was Millie and her best friend was Lois. They were roommates, “grown” in Texas and two very colorful southern flowers.

  315. Ella, meaning “beautiful”, from the umbrellalike foliage
    Cormy/Corma, from the underground corm
    Spike, which it is now, just a 12″ tall, fat green spike
    Bud/Buddy, a buddy for Lois
    Hal, from amorphophallus

  316. 1. Thelma
    2. Stink-er-ella ( like Cinderella)
    3. Stink-a-bell
    4. Casey( to represent the little girl Casey Anthony that passed away)

  317. The Lorax…..Dr Suess character
    I entered yesterday, but do not see it on the list of entries

  318. Name her Marie Antoinette for, ” she will soon lose her head”.

    If it is a male- “Earl” he’s gotta die.

  319. What does “Your comment is awaiting moderation” mean? This site is very user unfriendly. I sent my suggestion several hours ago for names for the new flower and got this awaiting moderation message.
    Thanks,
    Joyce Parker

  320. Sharon – My reason: Captain America’s girlfriend is named Sharon Carter and Superman’s girlfriend is Lois Lane. Both of these superhero’s are American Icon’s. :-)

  321. Bellatrix. The name Bellatrix is Latin for female warrior. It is the name or the star also known as the amazon star

  322. Morticia as in The Addams Family.
    She always held a large bloom when she slept.

  323. Phewnelope — kinda like Penelope, with just a little extra “aura”

  324. My choice for name: AROMELLA
    A combination of Aroma (distinctive odor) and Ella (Spanish for woman)

  325. How about Clarice? Probably smells about the same after you eat a big bowl of fava beans!

  326. Maybe Flo (or Florence). Because you will probably hit the “Flo” after you catch a “whiff” of it!

  327. I think Lucy or Lucille might be cool. As in Lucille Ball. Cause your balls are liable to retract after you catch a whiff of this thing!

  328. My daughter and I like the name “Daphne” a nymph who preferred to undergo transformation rather than suffer the embrace of Apollo.

    We also like “Leola” which goes well with Lois.

  329. Morticia ,, I hope with all my might that the Lois’s new baby sister is named after Morticia Gomez. She is such a goddess of death! I CAME I SAW I SNIFFED!!!

  330. Layla (or Leila) – it kinda goes with lois but sounds like a younger sister. But perhaps one that is a bit gentler and quietly observant (at first appearances) but quite spunky, perky, and excitable when you get to know her. A good compliment to a strong determined leader like Lois. I think the 2 will provide a nice balance for each other – keeping them both on their toes (or bulbs rather). I also think Layla/leila has a beauty to its sound but one that’s somewhat uncommon (like this flower).

  331. Libitina..Roman myth name of a goddess of corpses and the dead. “Libi” or “Tina” for short. Perfecto! :)

  332. or it could be something completely wacky – like Sheboygan, something that just has a really unsual spelling or fun sound. like: ebulient, snuffleopogus, gubernatorial, kabuki, ecesis (which is rather appropriate actually)

    or better yet: Tallegio – a stinky cheeese from italy that only gets more pungent as it comes to room tempature yet is still appetizing and intriguing. You can’t help but be drawn in despite its intense smell.
    Per wikipedia “Taleggio (IPA: [taˈleddʒo])…has a strong aroma, but its flavour is comparatively mild…”

    Or the stinkiest of all cheeses that follows the requested for more accents- Epoisses (one of Napoleon’s favorites, classified as the “king of all cheeses”, and supposedly banned from public transport vehicles all over france according to a hotel blog – fact not checked).

  333. “Scent-tennial” as in it only seems to bloom every 100 years and when it does – LOOK OUT!

  334. this name is cool but is really brings it out they twins and they should so be name realted or sound alike but mean diffrent like stinky its stinky corpse its a corpse and orseana its just a name to me that brings out

  335. I think that the baby sister of Lois should be named Priscilla. That way her big sister could call her Prissy if she got on a high horse. Besides, Priscilla makes me think of a frilly, sweet little girl…doesn’t matter how she smells…she is still a little girl.

  336. since her big sister name is roseville high corpse her little sister name should be rosie so their like twins but names are diffrent

  337. Siole’ (pronounced so lay) It’s Lois spelled backwards with a little flavor added.

  338. Her name is Bloomhilda. She is mysterious like broomhilda, but will bloom when you call her Bloomhilda.

  339. I kinda like Corptisha.It is a one of a kind name for a one of a kind young lady.

  340. Erna, Ernesta or Ernestine; all meaning ‘battle to the death’ or ‘serious business.’

  341. I like the idea of naming the flower after Dan Duncan. If it is female, it could be Danielle

  342. I vote to name her Azrael or Azraella (if you want it to be more feminine). Azrael was known as the angel of death…flowers themselves are beautiful and angelic and the death takes care of the corpse correlation.

  343. From the perspective of a born-and-raised Houstonian, and someone who reported on the events every day of the oil spill last year, I think you should name the new flower Macondo or Maconda.

    Lois’ blooming marked the end of a poignant era: on July 15 of last year, the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico was capped and our recovery on the Gulf coast and in the oil and gas industry could begin.

    Countless engineers, professionals, business owners and residents in the Gulf Coast and Houston area worked day in and day out to find a way to cap the insidious well after the tragic event. It took the highest levels of science and the passion of many people at this time in 2010 to overcome what happened and I think that is no coincidence that the new flower will bloom within 10 days of this milestone.

    My vote is to name the new flower in honor of the event that changed history and brought out the true spirit and comradery of our community, which I am proud to be part of, in the face of the worst of the worst.

    Just a suggestion.

  344. Looks like I may have missed this by a few days. The name should be MORT. This is the french name for EXTINCT.

  345. I know that the name suggestions are now closed as stated but I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to let us all help pick the name. There were so many great names. I read them all to my husband as I went. Our favorites were: Odiferious (not sure of the spelling now), Ditto, Corpse Christi, Fester, StinkerBelle, Stinkadina and Prutricia. I also liked the plain and sinple like: Bob, Ida etc.

    again, thank you !

  346. Aurora – she will grow beautiful and strong with a name that is a unique as she is.

  347. Thanatos – in Greek mythology the personification of Death. Anything that smells like decaying flesh gets my vote for this name.

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