Girthy ‘penis plant’ blooms for the first time, sparking excitement at Dutch garden

A plant that stands taller than a grown human, reeks of breaking down flesh and looks slightly phallic just recently flowered in the Netherlands’ earliest botanical garden, to the pleasure of garden personnel and visitors alike.

The Amorphophallus decus-silvae, a kind of “penis plant,” flowered for the first time recently after about 6 years of development, according to a declaration from Leiden University, which established the garden, Hortus Botanicus Leiden, in 1590. Garden volunteer Rudmer Postma initially cultivated the towering plant from a leaf clipping and has actually vigilantly tended to it over the years, Dutch paper NRC reported. Part of the plant grows underground as a “tuber,” and another part pokes up through the soil, Postma informed NRC. In mid-September, the A. decus-silvae grew a bud for the first time, showing that it may quickly rupture into blossom. 

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