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PHOTOS: 'Corpse flower' blooms in Cornwall

titan arum

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:16pm 11th June 2018.

It's rare, it's beautiful and it reeks of rotting flesh.

Yep, the world's biggest bloom is flowering at the Eden Project.

The rare titan arum burst into flower over the weekend and is set to cause a massive stink at the home of the world-famous Biomes.

Known as the 'corpse flower', it stands at well over six feet tall, and sits just off a path high up in the sultry heat of the Rainforest Biome, the largest rainforest in captivity.

Eden's titan arum expert Tim Grigg has spent years nurturing the giant plant.

James Street/Eden Project

It is now in its final glory as the spectacular inflorescence opens for just 48 hours.

In days to come, staff say insect pollinators will be lured by the foul scent, likened to the smell of rotting flesh, hence its other name of "corpse flower".

In full bloom, the flower also produces its own heat to help spread the smell.

Originating from Indonesia, the plant - proper name Amorphophallus titanum - is the largest flowering structure (inflorescence) in the world and can grow up to three metres tall.

It was given its common name of titan arum by Sir David Attenborough during filming of the Private Life of Plants series.

Images by: James Street/Eden Project

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