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Thousands go to see smelly flower

Published 23/04/2011 | 12:32

Visitors look at a blooming amorphophallus titanum, pictured in the botanical garden of the university of Basel, Switzerland (AP)
Visitors look at a blooming amorphophallus titanum, pictured in the botanical garden of the university of Basel, Switzerland (AP)

Thousands of plant lovers have flocked to the northern Swiss city of Basel to see a giant, stinky flower bloom for the first time in 17 years.

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The Basel Botanical Gardens expects 10,000 people to see its amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower, in full glory before the bloom wilts.

Visitors have not been deterred by the strong stench of rotting flesh the flower emits to attract insects for pollination.

The 6.6ft tall flower is native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the last one to bloom in Switzerland was 75 years ago.

Worldwide, there have been only 134 recorded blooms from artificial cultivation.

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