Amorphophallus titanum

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Among the Conservatory's unusual plants is Amorphophallus titanum, discovered in Sumatra in 1878. When it flowered for the first time at Kew in 1889, its offensive smell, "a mixture of rotten fish and burnt sugar," repelled the crowds who had come to admire it.