28 May 2003

World's (alleged) largest flower opens in Bonn

Thousands gather to see and smell blue whale of botany.

23 May 2003

The world's biggest-ever bloom opened in Germany yesterday. At more than 2.7 metres tall, the Titan Arum flowering in the University of Bonn Botanical Garden beats the previous record - set 70 years ago - by 7 centimetres.

Now the Gymea Lily across the street from my house must be at least 4 metres if not 5. And it doesn't smell like a cadaver. I think I'm descending into botanical chauvinism.

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