World’s Largest Flower has Bloomed in Tokyo After 5 Years

Amorphophallus Titanum, which smells rather like rotting meat, has bloomed in a Tokyo park after five years.

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The world’s largest flower – also said to be one of the oldest species – has bloomed in a Tokyo park for the first time in five years.

According to a BBC report, the 2-metre high (6.5 feet) Amorphophallus Titanum rarely flowers and “is notoriously difficult to propagate”. Jindai Botanical Park in the city of Chofu, Tokyo has extended its visiting hours so that visitors can come behold this rare species which only blooms for one or two days.

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The world’s largest flower is also called the “corpse flower” as it smells a lot like rotting meat – which in turn helps to attract pollinators such as beetles and flies.

The BBC report also claims that the flower – which is native to the rainforests of western Sumatra in Indonesia – grows on steep hillsides between 120 to 365 metres (400 to 1,200 feet) above sea level. Its existence is currently under massive threat due to widespread deforestation.

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