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Cornwall's Eden Project has announced that giant flower, the Titan Arum, is on the verge of reaching full bloom this week. The flower is notorious for its very smelly aroma. Far from smelling of roses, this gargantuan bloom stinks of rotten eggs or even worse, the rotting flesh of an animal - hence its common name, The Corpse Flower.

During its period of bloom, the flower can grow to an incredible three metres wide and three metres high. It has just one leaf and the flower is not unlike a giant Cala Lily with a single, huge petal. The outside of the flower is green while the inside is a deep burgundy colour. An amazing sight it may be but it's not around for long. Once in full bloom it will start to wither within two days so visitors are urged not to hang around if they want to witness one of nature's wonders at work.

Like the famous Stinky Fruit, the Titan Arum has a similar fragrance that is less than appealing to humans. It's not expected to put people off from sampling this mighty stench though and The Eden Project team have provided a step especially for those wanting to get a chance to smell its strange aroma.

Titan Arum can take up to ten years to reach their full bloom and experts at the eco centre have managed to bring more than one to this rather smelly conclusion and, it is a great achievement, given the rarity of the species which only grows in the wild in its native Sumatra, Indonesia. The experts at the Eden Project have been trying to pollenate the plant which if successful will see it bear cherry-like fruit. Though the smell of the huge flower is off-putting to humans to say the least, the odour is irresistible to carrion fly and sweat bees, which are known to pollenate the plants in the wild.

The Cornwall attraction, which is located around 5 miles from St Austell, brings to life two of the world's climates including Tropical and Mediterranean to enable plant life indigenous of these areas to be grown in this country effectively. The two climates are housed in two giant glass domes. A further area which is uncovered and outside showcases plant life from the temperate regions of the world. The centre opened, after more than two years of constructions, in 2003 and has received more than thirteen million visitors since then.

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