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Double the pong as Eden's smelliest flowers bloom.

TWO of the world's biggest, smelliest flowers have burst forth - causing a sensation among visitors to the Eden Project.

It is the first time two of the titan arums have bloomed at the same time at the tourist attraction near St Austell, Cornwall.

They are situated in an "avenue of stench" in Eden's Rainforest Biome, flanking a third flower which is set to bloom any time now.

The larger of the two blooming flowers opened yesterday afternoon, following the smaller one which had started opening on Monday night and began to wilt prematurely yesterday morning.

The titan arums have the proper name of Amorphophallus titanum but are also known as corpse flowers because the horrendous odour they give off to attract pollinators is similar to that of decaying flesh.

Last year Eden had three titans side by side but only two went into flower - the other was at a fruiting stage so was not stinky.

Having three in their flowering stage amounts to a unique botanical event at Eden and it is all down to the dedication of one man - horticulturist "Tropical" Tim Grigg.

Mr Grigg, 36, has nurtured the titans for half his life, hand pollinating the individual flowers, and considers them almost like family.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 4, 2016
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