VIDEO: Our New Corpse Flower. Help Us Name Her!


July 8, 2011
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Erin B
Authored By Erin B Blatzer

Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS. In a past life, she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS.

Our new corpse flower needs a name! We’ve had over 250 posts with suggestions so far – but we’ve also heard from some people who need a little…inspiration.

So, we thought we’d introduce you to our newest little leaf. And here she is!

Can’t see the video? Click here.

You’ve got until next Friday, July 15 to get your suggestions in – make sure you leave them at the comments section of the post linked below. Our committee (including @CorpzFlowrLois herself) will pick our top 5 favorites, which we’ll post on Monday, July 18. Be sure to check back and vote for your favorite!

Post Your Name Ideas Here!

49 responses to “VIDEO: Our New Corpse Flower. Help Us Name Her!”

  1. Gina Rie says:

    Mariana (nearby trench-deepest earth location; corpse flower-“stinkiest” plant, OR
    Mariah Rose (wind carries “parfum” to attract pollinators)

  2. Pam Pring says:

    Morticia

  3. Liz says:

    Pam. After all she was donated by CultureMap, and since neither culture or map is a suitable name, just spell map backwards….Pam.

  4. Leslie Macconnell says:

    Why you should call her “CHLOE”! The name comes from the Greek χλόη (khlóē), meaning “young green shoot” and is one of the many names of the Greek goddess Demeter. And since her genus name of Amorphophallus titanum comes from Ancient Greek amorphos, “without form, misshapen” + phallos, “phallus”, and titan, “giant”….and Demeter was the greek goddess of the harvest, she presided also over the sanctity of marriage, the sacred law, and the cycle of life and death……so makes perfect since that she should be called “CHLOE”! And the fact that my oldest daughter who is going to college in the fall is named “CHLOE”! It would be a really nice reminder of times when I would take her to the Houston Museum of Natural Science when she was a little girl.

  5. Oafish oaf says:

    The scent attracts pollinating flies, which you must _shoo_ away to see the bloom.

    Imelda.

  6. Christina says:

    I like Clark for Lois and Clark, we need a male name now haha

  7. Paula Goodman says:

    I really like the idea of naming it Clark. 🙂

  8. Kimberly says:

    Lenore! (quoth the Raven, Nevermore!)

  9. AuntLala says:

    Petra.

    I was thinking ‘Stinky Pete’ but Pete does not work since the Corpse Flower is by definition female. Hence the suggestion – Petra.

  10. Amanda says:

    Rancidia.

    Kind of a female name but indicative of the odor.

  11. Enrique says:

    Peter like from Family Guy Lois and Peter sounds good no?

  12. Kathy says:

    Eunice – means Victorious, and Lois was the mother of Eunice in the New Testament.

  13. Rachel says:

    Did some research. Libitina is the Roman goddess of deaths, corpses, and funerals. They go well together – Lois and Libitina. And you could call it “Tina” for short.

    (It also kinda looks like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.)

  14. Maria says:

    Ethan or Brian means strong since the flower has a strong smell or odor. I like the idea of going with a male name.

  15. kathy says:

    I think Clark is awsome….

  16. marti says:

    Lane…as in Lois Lane!

  17. Patricia Seibert says:

    My first two thoughts for a name are Morticia or Mortimer.

  18. Candice says:

    Harry Goagin..

  19. Katie says:

    Katherine Marie

  20. Cynthia King says:

    I like the name Morticia from Pam Pring’s earlier post.

  21. Connie says:

    My 2 cents worth: Lolita or Lola

  22. Patty says:

    NAME THE FLOWER WEDNESDAY!!!

  23. Isabel says:

    I think the name LISA MARIE or FIONA…Clark is too corny and expected. Think out the box or pot in this case!

  24. Colleen says:

    Coco! (Although I love Patty’s idea of calling her Wednesday!)

  25. brooksie says:

    carri (because she’s a carrion flower)
    OR
    b.b. (bunga bangkai, as they call her in indonesia, where she’s from)

  26. Theresa says:

    Flora Cadaver – Spanish for Corpse Flower. “Flora” for short.

  27. Pat says:

    Clarkseda….Everyone seems to like the name Clark but it is female.

  28. Maria says:

    Other suggested names are Diantha meaning Divine Flower or Delphina meaing little flower.

  29. Maria says:

    Dahlia meaning Flower.

  30. di says:

    MORTICIA <3

  31. SANDRA says:

    How about ‘Fi Fi LePew’?!?

  32. Debbie Sizemore says:

    Fusty

  33. Olivia says:

    Fester!!

  34. Michael McShan says:

    Feteo would be interesting, it means “have a bad odor” in Latin. Nidor is also Latin, meaning “reek, smell, odor”.

  35. alan k says:

    Roxanne.
    I was just given a corpse flower. It is a few inches tall. What do I feed it? and where do I get it? Thanks

  36. Yvonne Breeden says:

    Sydney…female or Sidney…Male

  37. Terbal says:

    Lady Gagga

  38. Alison says:

    Esme or Cullen.

    In reference to all those preteen Twilight books and movies. Cullen is the last name of the vampire family in that series. Esme is the name of the vampire family “mother”. Vampire = dead = corpse flower.

  39. Kelsey says:

    Thelma or Nancy.

  40. Elena says:

    i think the flower should be named “Stinky Lou”

  41. Michael McShan says:

    If not Latin, then maybe a little Spanish flair? “Fragancia” is spanish for aroma, while the feminized “Apestosa” means smelly. Could be some interesting names also.

  42. Sarah says:

    Fartunia

  43. Lola says:

    you should name her Lola its close to louis

  44. Lisa says:

    Names:

    Samson or Harold if we decide on a male name or Maude, from Harold and Maude.

  45. Gina Marie says:

    Welcome little flower! I can’t wait to see her in the flesh! Or, uh… In the leaf?

  46. Elle says:

    Kinda liking the idea of Fiona (as in Shrek, people!)

    Fartunia…that one is funny.

    Will there eventually be a poll of the maybe Favorite 5 suggestions as chosen by the HMNS staff? That would be good. Looking forward to a selection…and when it does get around to blooming.

    For how to take care of a Titan Arum (alan k above), see:

    https://gustavus.edu/biology/titanarum/faq.php

    http://www.aroid.org/genera/amorphophallus/bonnculture/

    I have now seen two in bloom…one at SFASU a few years ago and then I also saw Lois.

  47. SHARON says:

    Lady Cadaver

  48. vergie says:

    Morgue Anna suggests death and Anna will be more to follow her

  49. Kendall says:

    Morticia just fits with the whole death vibe…

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