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VIDEO: ‘Penis’ flower exposed in Copenhagen

Amorphophallus Titanum – Titan’s Penis – bloomed on Friday at the Botanical Gardens of Copenhagen. Skip the pungent smell and see the timelapse video here.

VIDEO: 'Penis' flower exposed in Copenhagen
Photo: Claus Bech/Scanpix
‘Titan’s Penis’ made its long-awaited appearance on Friday, treating visitors to the Botanical Gardens of Copenhagen to a rare sight. 
 
The huge phallic-shaped flower Amorphophallus Titanum, or 'Titan’s Penis’, bloomed on Friday after reaching a height of 1.91 metres and a diameter of 95 cm. 
 
The flower, which is native to the rain forests of Indonesia, can lay dormant for as long as 15 years. But the one in Copenhagen must like exposing itself, as it last bloomed just two years ago.
 
Aside from its distinctive penis appearance,  the flower is also known for its death-like stench, which has also earned it the moniker "The Corpse Flower”.
 
The Botanical Gardens are open until 8pm on Friday and from Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. The blooming period typically only lasts one to two days before the flower wilts again. 
 
If you don’t want to bear the stench, or your modesty prevents you for taking a trip into the city to see a two-metre penis, you can watch the flower’s entire ten day blooming process in the time-lapse video below. 
 

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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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