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cobalt1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 12:18 PM
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two "huge deformed penises"
Posting this before matcom...

Blooming miracle: big, rare and smelly
Email Print Normal font Large font Richard Macey
November 2, 2006


Giant horticulturalist Steve Bartlett and the titan arum.
Photo: Simon Alekna

LIKE an expectant father, Steve Bartlett, a senior horticulturist at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, admits feeling "quite anxious".

In an extraordinarily rare event, two "huge deformed penises" are about to burst open, drawing thousands of spectators to watch - and sniff.

A native of central Sumatra's rainforests, the rarely seen titan arum is said to be the world's largest flower, at one to three metres tall. On the few occasions it blooms, it produces the aroma of rotting flesh, giving rise to its other name, the carcass flower.

The last time a titan arum flowered in the gardens, in October 2004, 16,000 people queued for a look. It was only the second time one had opened in Australia, and one of the few times in the world outside Indonesia.

That plant was grown from seed collected in Sumatra in the early 1990s. In 1999 cuttings were taken from it, successfully producing two new plants.

"It was originally thought they couldn't be grown from cuttings," said Mr Bartlett, also responsible for plant propagation at the gardens.







www.smh.com.au/news/national/blooming-miracle-big-rare-...
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C_eh_N_eh_D_eh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 02:05 PM
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1. **** me, Seymour!
Sorry. :hide: :yoiks:
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