05/05/2012 04:50 EDT | Updated 07/05/2012 05:12 EDT

Phallus Flower: Niagara's Amorphophallus Titanum Flower Blooms For 1st Time In Canada


NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - A massive, suggestively shaped flower more than two metres high is blooming in Niagara Falls, Ont. _ the first time it has flowered in Canada.

Experts at the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse say one specimen of the rare Amorphophallus titanum has opened.

But they say the bell-shaped plant won't last long and its centre spike has already started to droop.

By Sunday, it will likely have turned into a "tree-like stalk."

Experts say the unusual flower, whose name means "misshapen phallus," has bloomed in a botanical garden only 21 times.

The plant _ considered the tallest flower species in the world _ gives off a unique smell most often compared to rotting meat.

Parks staff say a second flower is expected to bloom in the coming weeks.

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