UK: Cambridge Botanical Garden's rare orchid finally flowers except it smells really bad

A rare orchid which hardly ever flowers has finally bloomed, except it now smells like rotting cabbages.

Gardeners at Cambridge University Botanical Garden (CUBFG) have spent this year trying to get their Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis orchid to flower.

The tiny plant was wild collected in Papua New Guinea, and it's very rare to see it in flower in cultivation or outside its natural habitat.

But Christmas has come a little early for CUBG's greenhouse team as the plant has just come into bloom.

The downside is however, that it absolutely stinks.


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