Recently, I have been around a number of plants that makes one think of death and rebirth in some manner or another, and oddly enough each one has been quite beautiful. Let's start with the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanium), which is also known as titan arum. Missouri Botanical Garden has had two of these rare-to-bloom giants blooms this year and it is quite the sight to see, dead animal smell and all. Native to western Sumatra (Indonesia), the aroma of the titan arum resembles rotting meat which attracts carrion-eating beetles and flesh flies that pollinate it.