Giant flower, blooming for first time in 5 years, draws crowds

July 24, 2015 09:04
Hundreds queued to see the rarely blooming Titan Arum at the Jindai botanical park in Tokyo. Photo: AFP

A giant flower, one of the world's oldest and largest species, has bloomed at a Tokyo park for the first time in five years, BBC News reported.

The 2 meter high Titan Arum rarely flowers and is notoriously difficult to propagate.

The Jindai botanical park in the city of Chofu, in the western part of the Tokyo metropolis, extended its opening hours to allow hundreds of visitors to see the flower, which only blooms for one or two days, the report said, citing Kyodo News Service.

More commonly known as the corpse flower, the plant has an overpowering smell likened to that of rotting meat.

Native to the rainforests of western Sumatra in Indonesia, the flower grows on steep hillsides above sea level but is now under massive threat from widespread deforestation.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has classified the species as "vulnerable", just below endangered, the BBC reported.

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