Amorphophallus titanum is a fascinating and Gothic-friendly plant, both because of its appearance (a giant, meaty phallus) and especially its odor (that of dead bodies, hence its nickname: the corpse flower).
This much is old news. What's new is that a bunch of corpse flowers have blossomed across America, all around the same time. Which is very strange:
So far, seven corpse flowers have bloomed around the US within months of each other, which – given that it takes so long for a corpse flower to develop – is an anomaly that botanists would love to get to the bottom of...
This is super weird, because there have only been 157 recorded blooms ever between 1889 and 2008. But this year in the US alone, at least seven flowers have bloomed.
Sounds like the basic for a horror or alien invasion story.
One bonus Gothic detail:
Botanists have suggested that this noxious smell helps to attract flies and other insects that typically eat decaying material, so they can pollenate the flower. So you can think of the corpse flower as a kind of 'anti-flower', because instead of attracting pollinators with its sweet smelling nectar, it attracts them with carrion-like smells.
Rise of the anti-flower!
(thanks to Clyde for the link; Paul Morris took the photo)