Good evening, Carol. I see that your Stapelia finally bloomed.
Hi Dr. Hortfreud. Yes, the Stapelia started opening last Friday.
Do you like it, Carol?
Oh yes, Dr. H., it is very interesting, and it does smell like everyone said it would.
Yes, well, about that flower smelling, Carol. I noticed that you kept going back and smelling it, several times. On Friday, on Saturday, on Sunday, and again this evening. Did it always smell bad?
Oh gosh, yes. It smelled bad every time, and it still smells. But fortunately, the smell doesn’t seem to spread beyond the flower.
Well, that’s good, I suppose. What does it smell like?
It smells like rotting meat. It’s actually disgusting!
So let us explore why you felt you had to keep smelling it.
I wanted to be sure it wasn’t my imagination.
And it wasn’t. It definitely smells.
Carol, don’t you think it is a little odd how many times you smelled that flower.
All for botanical research purposes, Dr. Hortfreud!
So Carol, look in to the flower and tell me what you see.
I see flower parts.
I see. Now, how does it feel to have a flower like this in your house at night while you are sleeping?
I’ll admit it feels a little creepy.
That’s it, just a little creepy?
Yes, I think so.
Okay. Thank you, Carol. Our time is up for this session. Between now and our next visit, I’ll be doing some research to verify my diagnosis, but I think your interest and attraction to this flower is symptomatic of a certified plant geek. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but we can discuss how to embrace this condition and live with it at our next session.
Thank you, Dr. Hortfreud, I think.