Rare ‘penis plant’ blooms [video]

HERE’S THE SCOOP:

  • A rare flower known as the “penis plant” bloomed at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
  • The flower gets its nickname from the bloom’s phallic shape.
  • The penis plant only blooms once every 20 years.

A rare flower known as the “penis plant” bloomed at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

The Amorphophallus decus-silvae only blooms once every 20 years, the university said. The school has hosted a bloom in its botanical garden before, but not since 1997.

The flower gets its anatomical nickname from the bloom’s phallic shape.

It’s rare for the plants to bloom in Europe because of the vast difference in climate and weather conditions, the University of Leiden said.

The school allowed the public to come and see the blooming flower. In addition to the rare sight comes a rare smell. Viewers experienced its infamously foul odor, which people often compare to rotting flesh.

The penis plant is the smaller cousin of the Amorphophallus titanium, more commonly known as the “corpse flower.”

Source: University of Leiden

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