(Meize) Crowds of people flock to the Meize Botanical Garden north of Brussels these days to admire the titan penis, the world’s rarest and most fragrant giant flower.

At 2 meters tall, the Arum titan’s nickname comes from its scientific name, the phallic shape.Amorphophallus titanium. It is native to the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, where it is believed to be under threat from deforestation.

Another of its features is its putrid smell, which in no way discourages the willingness of visitors to admire it… It disappeared some years ago.

Another nickname, the “corpse flower,” only appears for a maximum of 72 hours, and people must wait at least three years, and sometimes longer, before they reappear.

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He explained that the odor is similar to that of “garbage left out in the sun for too long,” and that it attracts pollinating insects, which ensure breeding.

“It’s amazing, I didn’t know it was this big,” exclaimed Karine Chris, one of the many people who came specifically to witness the bloom.

Manon Van Hoey considers the flowering a “miracle”. “The shapes are architectural, I love the colours and I also love the story behind it: that it’s in danger and that we’re protecting it. It’s always a bit moving,” the botanical gardens spokesperson continues.