Corpse flower in Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is grown from seed planted about 10 years ago

Corpse flower in Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is grown from seed planted about 10 years ago

In the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden near Adelaide, thousands of people lined up for getting a glimpse of an unusual flower that has a foul smell, like that of rotting flesh. It is about 2 metres in height.

Commonly known as the corpse flower, the Amorphophallus titanium has started opening in the garden's glasshouse on Monday.

Considering people’s huge amount of interest in the event, the garden has increased its opening time by 2 hours to 6 pm. Until 4:00pm on Tuesday, 4,000 visitors visited the park.

The garden's Matt Coulter said the plant is a native to Sumatra, and has grown from a seed that was planted nearly a decade back. While speaking about the flower, which is roughly a metre wide, Mr. Coulter said that it smelt like a ‘dead animal’.

He said, “When I opened glasshouse this morning it almost blew me away it is so strong. Incredible. I almost had to stop myself from throwing it up. Until you have actually experienced it, it is first time I've actually smelt it, it's like nothing else”.

He mentioned that the flower had grown in the last month and the measurement of its largest growth spurt was 18 centimetres in a day.

He added that he came and it was the first thing he saw yesterday morning and it was completely closed, and five or six o'clock at night it has opened almost completely.

He said that the foul smell of the flower is not a constant one, and sort of goes in waves and then suddenly it hits you.