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World's Smelliest Flower Blooms At Eden Project

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2:36pm 16th May 2013
(Updated 2:36pm 16th May 2013)

Cornwall is getting a chance to have a whiff of the world's smelliest flower.

The rare Titan Arum is in bloom for the next few days at the Eden Project.

Its scent has been likened to rotting flesh or bad eggs.

The flower, which can grow up to three metres tall, typically lives for seven to ten years and is then is in full splendour for just 48 hours before it starts to die.

Neville Evans, Tropical Propogator at the Eden Project, said: "A really, really rare plant to see in flower and also you know, just really, really impressive. We do have the smelly step as we like to call it, so people can step right up to close to the flower, and almost peer in and get the full experience of the smell."

It is the eighth which has bloomed at Eden's Rainforest Biome.

Titan arumIts resident Titan expert Tim Grigg has grown them all. He said: "It's very exciting to see this beautiful, rare - not to mention incredibly smelly - flower bloom at Eden. In the past, visitors haven't been able to get the full force of its odour but with this new 'stinky step' they will be able to experience it first-hand.

"I'm really proud of the Titans I've grown and I enjoy sharing them with our visitors. They're such an interesting plant and it's important that we highlight how rare they are."

You can keep track of the Titan Arum's progress on this webcam.

2:36pm 16th May 2013

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