World’s largest flower Amorphophallus Titanum bloomed for the first time on July 27, 2015 in Tokyo after 5 years. The flower is as high as 6.5 feet. This flower blooms extremely rarely has done so in Jindai Botinaical Gardens in Chofu, Japan and has attracted hundreds of visitors to the garden forcing it to extend its opening hours.
Unlike other flowers which produce a sweet smell, this rare flower has a very foul smelling odour and hence is called the corpse flower as well. It is believed that the smell of the flower can be compared to that of the rotting meat which helps to attract pollinators such as flies and beetles. This plant is native of rainforests in western Sumatara, Indonesia.
The flower owing to its rarity is classified as a vulnerable species with the next stage endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
About the flower
Amorphophallus titanum known as the titan arum, is a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. The titan arum’s inflorescence is not as large as that of the talipot palm, Corypha umbraculifera, but the inflorescence of the talipot palm is branched rather than unbranched. Amorphophallus titanum is endemic to western Sumatra, where it grows in openings in rainforests on limestone hills. The plant is cultivated by botanic gardens and private collectors around the world.
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