At the Milwaukee Public Museum, a rare type of plant has blossomed after a month-long delay – the plant in question is a titan arum, something which most of us will probably never get to enjoy in the wild – right now, it’s an endangered species and it’s very rare to see one outside of cultivated environments.
What’s special about this plant is that its blooming process takes several years, while the flower only lives a short life afterwards. It’s a huge plant which grows very rapidly, and the museum’s titan arum is 7 feet, 8 and a half inches tall, and used to grow by several inches every day since it has emerged from its soil.
The problem with the plant is that it expends too much energy growing, and it doesn’t preserve enough for actually living – it can only sustain itself for two days at most. Nevertheless, it remains the world’s tallest flower, and it can grow over ten feet in height – with the current world record for cultivation being set at 9.55 feet.
[ Via Yahoo! Green ]