Take a good look at the dweeb in this picture. He is public enemy number one, botanically-speaking. He got in to see the infamous Rotting Corpse Flower (in actuality one of a handful of such fantastical florids at various locations around the country and around the world) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, California, only to break the rules and put his grubby fingers on it. The rare plant, named Terra the Titan, was fortunately unharmed, but that isn’t the point. It COULD have been. This dork–who looks like a real-life version of the character Balthazar Bratt from the upcoming DESPICABLE ME 3 movie–minus the style–has no respect, I tell ya! No respect!
There had been guards stationed around the Corpse Flower, or titan arum, while it was in bloom and stinking up the place, but they removed them when the blossom closed. It would seem like it should have been the other way around. The plant needed guarding when it was WITHOUT its natural defense. With it stinking like a week-old corpse while in bloom, surely only the bravest (or those lacking a sense of smell) would attempt to touch it then.