Rare, massive flower blooms in Niagara Falls
An amorphophallus titanum, or 'phallus' flower, is pictured in Basel, Switzerland, on April 23, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Keystone, Georgios Kefalas
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - A massive, suggestively shaped flower more than two metres high is blooming in Niagara Falls, Ont. _ the first time it has flowered in Canada.
Experts at the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse say one specimen of the rare Amorphophallus titanum has opened.
But they say the bell-shaped plant won't last long and its centre spike has already started to droop.
By Sunday, it will likely have turned into a "tree-like stalk."
Experts say the unusual flower, whose name means "misshapen phallus," has bloomed in a botanical garden only 21 times.
The plant _ considered the tallest flower species in the world _ gives off a unique smell most often compared to rotting meat.
Parks staff say a second flower is expected to bloom in the coming weeks.