Warsaw: Crowds flock to see ‘corpse’ flower that produces dead body smell after it goes into rare bloom

An endangered flower that produces a dead body smell has gone into a rare quick bloom, causing crowds to queue for hours to try and catch a glimpse of it.

The Sumatran titan arum, a giant foul-smelling blossom also known as the corpse flower, suddenly bloomed on Sunday in botanical gardens in Warsaw, Poland.

Hundreds of people visited the Warsaw University Botanical Gardens, with many lining up late into the night, just to be able to pass the flower and take a photo.

The attraction also set up a live video of the spectacle for those wishing to avoid the smell and the busy crowds.

By Monday morning, the pungent plant was already withering.

The endangered flora, which emits a dead-body odour to attract pollinating insects that feed on flesh, grows in the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, but is endangered due to deforestation.

Known also as the amorphophallus titanum, it is the largest flowering structure (inflorescence) on Earth, growing up to three metres (10ft) tall.

Its first known blooming outside Sumatra was in 1889 at London’s Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

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