December 9, 2021

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Girthy ‘penis plant’ blooms for the first time, sparking excitement at Dutch garden

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A plant that stands taller than a grown human, reeks of decomposing flesh and looks vaguely phallic recently bloomed in the Netherlands’ oldest botanical garden, to the delight of garden staff and visitors alike.

The Amorphophallus decus-silvae, a type of “penis plant,” bloomed for the first time last week after about six years of growth, according to a statement from Leiden University, which founded the garden, Hortus Botanicus Leiden, in 1590. Garden volunteer Rudmer Postma originally cultivated the towering plant from a leaf clipping and has diligently tended to it over the years, Dutch newspaper NRC reported. Part of the plant grows underground as a “tuber,” and another portion pokes up through the soil, Postma told NRC. In mid-September, the A. decus-silvae sprouted a bud for the first time, indicating that it might soon burst into bloom.

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