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

  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.

  The endangered Sumatran Titan arum, or the corpse flower, at the rare moment of bloom for just a few hours, and emitting rotten meat odor, at the Warsaw University Botanical Gardens, in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday, June 13, 2021. Hundreds of people waited for hours in cold wind to see the unusual flower, also known as Amorphophallus titanium, whose blooming is unpredictable and once in many years. Botanical gardens around the world help preserve this giant among flowers. (AP Photo/Monika Scislowsk

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  The flowering plant has the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, which can be up to three meters (10ft) high. Pic: AP

  By Monday morning, the pungent plant was already withering.

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  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.