Copenhagen last got a glimpse at "Titan's Penis" when it bloomed at the Botanical Gardens in 2012. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix
A rare giant penis is just days away from making a very public appearance in Copenhagen, but it may not be what you think.
The giant flower Amorphophallus Titanum, or “Titan’s Penis”, is on the verge of blooming at the Botanical Gardens of Copenhagen. The huge phallic-shaped plant, which is currently growing at a clip of over 10cm per day, typically lays dormant for as long as 15 years at a time, but this one must like the (ahem) exposure, as it last bloomed just two years ago.
It is expected to bloom on or around July 9 and this time around it should be even bigger than its last appearance. The Botanical Gardens said on Tuesday that it had grown 13cm in a single day and is expected to reach a height of up to 1.8 metres.
That could cause some (flower) penis envy over in Nantes, France. The Amorphophallus Titanum on display there stands at 1.6 metres. But perhaps proving once and for all that size doesn’t really matter, The Local France reports that visitors are lined up around the block to view Copenhagen’s French cousin.
Amorphophallus Titanum is native to the rain forests of Indonesia. Aside from its distinctive penis appearance is also known for its death-like stench, which has also earned it the moniker "The Corpse Flower"
The flower is normally only in bloom for one to two days before wilting again. The Botanical Gardens are free to visit and open to the public everyday between 10am and 3pm.