Titan arum set to bloom in Leiden tonight

One of the world’s strangest plants, the giant titan arum (amorphophallus titanum), is expected to bloom at Leiden’s botanical gardens on Monday.

The gardens will remain open until 11 pm to allow visitors to see the plant, which produces the world’s biggest flowers after eight to 15 year’s of growth and then dies. The flowers, which have a terrible stench, last just two nights.

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