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.