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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 November 2007, 10:31 GMT
Stinkiest bloom is set to flower
Tim Grigg with the Titan arum at the Eden Project
he Titan Arum stays in bloom for 48 hours
A Cornish horticulturist has impressed his colleagues by raising his third specimen of one of the world's smelliest flowers, at the Eden Project.

Tim Grigg first thought the titan arum, which he had cared for for nine years, was just sprouting some new leaves.

His first titan flowered in April 2005 and the second in February this year.

The current specimen 1.5m tall (4ft 9in) and is growing at a rate of 9cm (3.5in) a day. It is expected to flower sometime this weekend.

(It's) a bit like being an expectant father
Tim Grigg, Eden project horticulturist

The titan arum - or the corpse flower - stays in bloom for 48 hours before its central spike decomposes.

The spike heats up and gives off the smell which, while revolting to humans, is very alluring to insects.

Its usual home is the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.

He said: "I've been nurturing this flower in a pot for nine years.

"Watching it grow and waiting for it to come into bloom is a bit like being an expectant father, not quite knowing when it'll all happen."

A distant relative of the British lily, the titan is capable of growing to a size of 3m (9ft 8in.)

Anyone keen to track the titan's progress can follow it through the Eden Project webcam.

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