Thousands flock to see world’s smelliest flower

Horticulturist Sadie Barber waters the plant between public visits
Horticulturist Sadie Barber waters the plant between public visits
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MORE than 15,000 people have flocked to see the world’s smelliest flower – dubbed New Reekie – after it bloomed in Scotland for the first time.

Amorphophallus titanum – or titan arum – is known as the “corpse flower” because of the stench of rotting flesh it emits to attract pollinating insects when in bloom.

The plant, native only to the Sumatran rainforest, has been nurtured in a glasshouse at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh for 12 years.

The 2.8m tall, deep red flower and unmistakable stink began to emerge on Friday night, sending plant-lovers in to a frenzy. The rare spectacle will only last until Monday before it starts to wilt, however.

Senior horticulturist Sadie Barber said: “It’s still looking great.”