World’s largest flower in bloom in Cornwall

Amorphophallus titanumFrom the big hothouse, the Eden Project, in Cornwall in southern England:

The world’s largest, smelliest flower has more than doubled in size in the ten days it has been in the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome.

The Titan arum has amazed horticulturalists by starting to bloom during the depths of winter.

Visitors flocking to see the wonder of the plant world are warned that when it goes into full flower within the next two weeks or so it will give off the foulest of odours.

The Titan – proper name Amorphophallus titanum – originates from the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, where its putrid stench has led to its other name, the corpse flower.

It is a distant relative of the lilies known as lords and ladies found in British hedgerows.

The Titan has grown 77cm in its first ten days in the Biome, growing from 45cm to 122cm.

It could reach a towering three metres.

See also here.

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