Amorphophallus Titanum: not tonight dear, you smell like old cheese

This is one big boy.  The Amorphophallus Titanum is one of the largest single growing flowers.  The one on display in Belgium’s National Botanic Gardens has been creating big crowds. 

A time for reflection, reminiscing about past lovers and holding your breath.

Everyone is desperate for a glance and a sniff of the Amorphophallus Titanum which translated to English means ‘giant strangely shaped penis’.  I kid you not.  Loving it, so so very much.

Not only is this aptly named flora a rare and special plant for only surviving up to 72 hours, it also lets off a rotten stench for the first 12 hours of flowering.  The smell has been likened to rotting flesh and rancid cheese. 

Also known as Corpse Flower, it releases a strong smell to attract pollinators, thought to be sweat bees.

Thousands queued to see — and smell — the 1.6 meter tall specimen on Thursday.

“It smells like a mix of rotten fish and rotten meat. It’s quite impressive!” said visitor Frederic Lebreux.

“I don’t know, maybe like a Camembert,” said Rachel Kaiembe.

First discovered in 1878 in western Sumatra, the plant was first cultivated in Europe at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, in London in 1889. Because of its appearance, Victorian women were kept from viewing it.

I totally see the attraction.

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