Updated: Sat, 05 May 2012 13:50:14 GMT | By The Canadian Press, thecanadianpress.com

Rare, massive flower blooms in Niagara Falls



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.

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