Today I visited the world’s smelliest and largest flower „Amorphophallus Titanum“ or in short „Titan Arum“ (in German „Titanwurz). Hundreds of visitors were flocking to the botanical garden in Munich to watch the rare blooming ot the tropical flower. Also known as „Corps Flower“ because of a smell likened to rotted flesh. It grows in the wild only in the equatorial rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. This plant in Munich is about 13 years old by now and it was the first time it bloomed at all. In fact the titan arum usually only blooms up to 2 days before it collapses again. Unfortunately this one only bloomed about 12 hours before it started to crease. Like you can see I already was a little late. The flower had creased already even though I arrived at noon. PD Dr. Ehrentraud Bayer – the acting head of the botanical garden – said the withering process might have happened so fast through strong insolation and high humidity because of the constant door opening through visitors. So if you want to see its incredible flower you will have to go straight to the place after you heard it in the news, otherwise you will be too late. In cultivation, the titan arum generally needs about seven to ten years of vegetative growth before it will bloom for the first time. After its initial blooming, the blooming frequency can vary. Some plants will already bloom again in two to three years, while others may not bloom again for another seven to ten years. It depends. Because of this the botancial garden was opened until 11:30 PM today.