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Museum announces name for new Corpse Flower

Monday, July 25, 2011
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If you've been holding your breath in anticipation of the announcement of the name for Houston's newest corpse flower, you can relax. (But be ready to hold it again to hold it again once the odoriferous blossom blooms!)

Horticulturist Zac Stayton announced the winning name of the newest celebrity among the greenhouse family at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The winner is Audrey, submitted by Julianne Maddox, and inspired by The Little Shop of Horror's bloodthirsty plant.

From June 30 to July 15, members of the public suggested names for the little leaf on a post on the museum's blog. A panel of judges, including HMNS staff and @CorpzFlowrLois herself, selected the top five names from more than 1,500 that were submitted: Clark, Audrey, Delilah, Hermann, and Violet.

The corpse flower is on display in the Cockrell Butterfly Center through Labor Day. In addition, proud parents can adopt the new HMNS corpse flower to help the museum maintain the corpse flower's tropical environment and support the educational science programs. Adoption packages are $20 and may be purchased online, from the box office or by calling 713-639-4629 starting July 29, 2011. For more information, visit the museum's website at www.hmns.org.

This time last year, Lois the Corpse Flower was raising a stink, and now, it's her brand-new roommate, Audrey. The plant inspired a mass of creative names, from suggestions based on television shows, a comic book couple, an animated stinker, Greek mythology, the space program, literature, world languages, current events, a very hungry musical plant and even Lois herself.

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