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Houston Museum of Natural Science horticulturist Zac Stayton gets ready to whisk Lois No. 2 away to her new life in the museum greenhouse. Photo by Nicholas Phillips
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Don't worry, Lois No. 2. Just because Zac was telling me how tall Lois the Original is doesn't mean he's comparing you two. Photo by Nicholas Phillips
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The backseat, we quickly discovered, is no place for a corpse flower. Photo by Nicholas Phillips
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It's an odd family photo of sorts. Me, Lois No. 2's original (and reluctant) mama, with Zac, her new knight in shining armor, and of course, Lois No. 2 herself. Photo by Nicholas Phillips
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Zac makes sure we're not passing off a really big fern as a corpse flower. He determined that she's legit. Photo by Nicholas Phillips
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"So, what did you do to take care of her?" "Well, we gave her plenty of vodka and chocolate, for starters." Photo by Nicholas Phillips
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Lois No. 2 begins her journey to her crystal castle. Photo by Nicholas Phillips
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First, we try wriggling Lois No. 2 into the backseat. Well, I'm clearly no help at all, but I am being useful by cheering Zac on. Photo by Nicholas Phillips
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We try the front seat next, and by golly, we are successful! Photo by Nicholas Phillips
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It makes perfect sense. A diva always sits shotgun. Photo by Nicholas Phillips