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IT LOOKS like a giant phallus, grows up to tall and sometimes smells like a corpse. But the incredibly rare spectacle of a titan arum, or corpse flower, in full bloom in the Cairns Botanic Gardens has the world's flower lovers abuzz.

Neglected Beauty : Cadaverous Beauty : The Corpse Flower : Amorphophallus titanum (Araceae) - One of nature's jewels that so many may never see, with a smell that's rancid. The largest flower in the world was blooming in Blanco , Veracruz, Mexico. Two meters (6 5/8 feet) high and weighing 75 kilos (165lbs). It has the peculiarity of blooming three days every 40 years. More amazing photos through this link. (There are better photos, but here you can see the scale of this giant.)

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"Amorphophallus titanum aka the Titan Arum or the "Corpse Flower" is one of the largest, rarest, and smelliest flowers in the world."=>

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from Topito

Top 12 des plantes les plus étranges de notre bonne vieille planète

Amorphophallus titanum) - would have to be in a pot, and brought indoors. Their are some that are hardier tho. Only problem: the flower stinks.

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rhamphotheca: The Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum), at Kew Gardens in London, has finally opened! This species, from western Sumatra in Indonesia, has the largest floral structure in the world (its not a single flower, but many flowers in one structure, called an inflorescence). To find out more… visit KEW GARDENS. (photo: Johan Steyn)

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Amorphophallus titanum - essa flor gigantesca é da Indonésia e faz parte das pesquisas do Rodrigo Sukariê e do grupo 5 do 7. C!

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Corpse Flower- The world's largest flower is also one of the world's worst-smelling flowers. It is native to Borneo and has a life span of 40 years but blooms only a few times. It emits a smell similar to rotten eggs or a dead animal.

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from The Sun

Death petal

The stinky Corpse flower (Amorphophallus Titanum) at botanic gardens in Kiel, Germany

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from Owlcation

Top 20 Most Interesting Plants of the World

A stunning flower of considerable size and a very unusual leaf are the features that make Amorphophallus paeoniifolius "Jungle Night" really unique.

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