A German university is claiming a world record for having cultivated the tallest flower ever, a bloom naturally found in the rain forests of Western Sumatra reaching 274 centimetres (almost nine feet) into the air.

Bonn University said the Titan Arum (Amophophallus titanum), which weighs 78kg (171.6 pounds), budded on March 14 and reached its record height a few days ago.

Some 15 000 people came to see the plant last time it flowered in 2000, when it reached 257 centimetres, despite its pungent odor of decaying fish.

The university said the previous record was set in the Netherlands in 1932, when a Titan Arum grew to a height of 267 centimetres.

About 70 of the plants are known to be being cultivated worldwide.
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