Rare penile plant towers over Leiden Botanical Gardens

Two plants on display.Photo: Hortas Leiden via Facebook

In the botanical garden of Leiden University, Dutch premiere Not one, but two rare ‘penile plants’ are blooming, with the largest Amorphophallus gigas It stands over 3 meters tall.

There are three species of penile plants, all three of which have flowered in Leiden Hortus.

Last October, Leiden international headline when Amorphophallus decus-silvae It bloomed in Europe for the first time in over 20 years, with two specimens blooming last summer. Amorphophallus titanum They competed fiercely and blossomed at the same time.

Credit for the fast-growing penile plant goes to gardening volunteer Ludmar Postma, who, according to the botanical garden, is “savvy about soil compounds and when to repot plants.” We’re also experts in the types of compost plants need to stimulate growth,” Garden said.

Dating back to 1590, the oldest botanical garden in the country is open all week long to give as many visitors as possible a peek at the penile plants. The plant gives off a terrible stench of rotting flesh, so masks are recommended.

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/03/rare-penis-plants-stand-tall-at-leiden-botanical-garden/ Rare penile plant towers over Leiden Botanical Gardens

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