World’s largest flower Titan Arum has bloomed for the first time in five years in Tokyo. The unique herbaceous plant that stands at two-metres has pulled viewers to the city’s Jindai Botanical Garden, which has been forced to extend its opening hours, News.com.au reported.
The flower, also known as corpse flower due to its overpowering rotting meat smell, blooms maybe three or four times in its 40-year life for merely two or three days.
The last time the species bloomed in a public garden was in July, 2010.
The plant, native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, can grow to a height of three metres and has been classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due widespread deforestation threat.
Visitors take pictures of a Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum), one of the world’s largest and rare tropical flower, at Basel’s Botanical Garden April 23, 2011. The flower, which emits strong odour to attract pollinators, wilts and dies after two days. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (SWITZERLAND – Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)