The Estepona Orchid House will be the first botanical centre in Spain to achieve the flowering of Amorphophallus titanum, the largest flower in the world. It is expected to flower on Sunday, March 12 and will last a short 72 hours.
The flower of the Titan Arum, which is native solely to western Sumatra, can reach up to 3 metres high, and flowers once reaching the age of 7 to 10 years, after which it flowers again every 3 to 10 years.
Visitors should be aware though of the plant’s other common name which is the ‘Corpse Flower’ due to the smell of rotting meat it emits to attract its natural pollinators, carrion beetles and flesh flies, nice!
The Orchid House is situated in Estepona’s Calle Terraza, in the botanical garden and to allow visitors to take advantage of this rare occurance the Orchid House will be open on both Sunday and Monday from 9.30 am to 6 pm (normal opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 am to 6 pm and Sundays 9.30 am to 2 pm, closed on Mondays).
Entrance is 3 euros for adults and just one euro for children from 4 to 11.