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‘Titan’s penis’ is set to appear in Copenhagen

The huge phallic-shaped Amorphophallus Titanum can go as long as 15 years without blooming, but the one at the Botanical Gardens of Copenhagen is ready to make its second appearance in just two years.

'Titan's penis' is set to appear in Copenhagen
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. 

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ENVIRONMENT

Why 30 percent of Denmark could be left to nature

A Danish environmental organization has received a positive political response over a proposal to ensure 30 percent of Denmark be reserved for nature.

Why 30 percent of Denmark could be left to nature
Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The Danish Society for Nature Conservation (Danmarks Naturfredningsforening, DN) wants the country’s nature to be written into law by way of an obligation to ensure 30 percent of Danish land to be nature reserve by 2031, DR reports.

The proposal was made as government politicians met at Marienborg, the official residence of the prime minister, on Monday for talks on biodiversity.

The concept of such a ‘biodiversity law’, which would place binding targets for Denmark on the area, was initially positively received.

The interest organization for the agriculture sector, the Danish Agriculture & Food Council, has said it also supports biodiversity goals, while environment minister Lea Wermelin said she would listen to suggestions regarding both targets and legislation.

“Fundamentally, the biggest task right now is to reverse nature’s decline and ensure that over 2,000 species threatened by extinction get a helping hand and the chance to remain in Denmark,” DN president Maria Reumert Gjerding said to DR.

“So it’s crucial that politicians make commitments to nature targets,” she added.

The Marienborg meeting is the beginning of government work to implement a ‘package’ of laws on nature and biodiversity, which the Social Democratic government promised prior to the June general election.

Wermelin said action must be taken to prevent Denmark from entering a “natural crisis”.

“We are genuinely interested in a new process to form a long-term plan for Denmark’s nature. Although reports paint a bleak picture, they also say it’s possible to set a new, green direction,” she added.

The minister welcomed “specific ideas and wishes” from environmental organizations that could help in making such a plan, DR reports.

Although only 0.4 percent of the area of Denmark is currently wild nature, DN says the target could be reached by buying or renting land from landowners and leaving it to nature, as well as by ensuring a specified amount of agricultural land actively benefits biodiversity.

READ ALSO: Here are Denmark's 15 most beautiful natural areas

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