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World's largest flower Amorphophallus Titanum bloomed at Jindai Botanical Gardens in Tokyo

Jul 27, 2015 15:13 IST

Amorphophallus TitanumWorld’s largest flower Amorphophallus Titanum bloomed for the first time in 5 years in the fourth week of July 2015 at the Jindai botanical gardens in Tokyo, Japan.

The flower Titan arum measuring 2-meter (6.5 feet) in height rarely flowers and is notoriously difficult to propagate.

It is commonly called the corpse flower because it smells like rotting meat that helps attract pollinators such as beetles and flies. Moreover, it only last for few days.

It is native to the rainforests of western Sumatra in Indonesia, the flower grows on steep hillsides between 120 to 365 meters (400 to 1200 feet) above sea level but its existence is now under massive threat from widespread deforestation.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified the species as "vulnerable", just below endangered.

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