Titan Arum plant flowers for first time in Scotland

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AN exotic plant has started to flower for the first time ever in Scotland in a historic day for the Botanic Gardens.

The Titan Arum, which gives off a stench like rotting corpses, began to open this morning for the first time in its 13-year lifespan.

The Titan Arum has begun to flower. Picture: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Titan Arum has begun to flower. Picture: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The plant has already revealed the spathe of a flower but is likely to bloom fully within the next fortnight.

Experts have been keeping a close eye on the plant, which only produces its distinctive bloom every seven to ten years.

Before today staff still do not know whether the bud would produce a flower or a leaf.