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Worlds biggest flower blooms

Video footage of the world’s largest – and stinkiest – flower blooming has become an Internet hit.

Researchers at Bonn University’s Botanical Gardens in Germany have speeded up footage of the Titan Arum flower, otherwise known as the Corpse Flower, to reveal how it blossoms. The film has now become a hit on YouTube.

The foul-smelling flower, which can grow over 10ft in height, attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Biologist Erwin Grill said: "People want to know if it really does smell as badly as its reputation, and I can tell you it does. It’s something like the smelling of rotting carcasses."

The Bonn University flower, which is native to Sumatra, was entered into the Guinness Book of Records in 2003 as the tallest bloom in cultivation, having reached 8ft 11in high. It has since been beaten by one on display at Winnipesaukee Orchids in Gilford, New Hampshire, USA, which measured 10ft 2in.

German Herald

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