Friday, 25. April 2014
16. 11. 12. - 17:00
Nicknamed the 'Corpse flower' because of it foul smell this record breaking bloom is still packing in the visitors as it grows at the rate of a millimetre every eight minutes.
The plant is indigenous to Sumatra's rainforests in Indonesia and is extremely rare, although this one is located at the University of Basel in Switzerland. It is the largest unbranched shoot in the world and it has already reached a height of two metres. But it is also still going strong putting on around 17 cm a day.
Experts say that they are hoping it might finally bloom this weekend and although they bloom on average once in a decade this one only bloomed for the first time in 75 years last year.
When the plants are ready to pollinate, the stem heats up to release a pungent smell which according to experts smells very similar to rotting flesh, which lasts for about three days.
The Amorphophallus plant was given the name Titan Arum by Sir David Attenborough who captured it flowering on film for his BBC TV series The Private Life of Plants. But it is often called the corpse plant due to its smell.
When the plant finally blooms the Botanical centre will be open 24 hours instead of the regular hours so that visitors can have the chance to witness the rarity.
During the last bloom of the plant in April 2011 an estimated 25,000 people visited the plant.
First hybrid buses in Vienna
Wiener Linien is adding it's first hybrid buses to its public transport operation in the next fortnight, in addition to the twelve electric buses introduced into the city centre.
Businesses look to boost trade with Pakistan
Austrian businessmen are increasingly looking to Pakistan as an attractive place to do business, according to an Austrian representative speaking in the Pakistani city of Karachi yesterday.
Playful panda bear cubs at Schoenbrunn Zoo
The latest additions to the panda enclosure at Schoenbrunn Zoo have been enjoying getting to know their toys.
Michael Glawogger dies whilst filming in Africa
The Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger has died whilst filming his latest documentary in Africa. He was 54-years-old.
Deal struck with America Movil over Telekom Austrian ownership
Telecom Austria will receive a 1 billion EUR boost in capital after the Austrian state agreed a deal yesterday with Mexican telecoms company America Movil to combine their shares in a co-ownership agreement.
What is on at Burg Kino this week? (25 April - 1 May)
This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:
Faymann warns against further Russia sanctions
Chancellor Werner Faymann has spoken out in support of moving away from additional sanctions on Russia.
What is on at Haydn Kino this week? (24 April - 30 April)
The following films are on at the English language cinema Haydn Kino on Mariahilfestrasse between 24 April and 30 April:
Gazprom to explore expanding pipeline in Austria
Russia could soon begin constructing their South Stream gas pipeline in Austria after meetings were held this week with Gazprom.
Poacher in Vienna shoots five deer with bow and arrow
A poacher is suspected to have killed five animals in Vienna using a bow and arrow, a hunting weapon that is forbidden throughout Austria.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Austrian Teen Girls Become Pin Ups For Syrian Jihad|
|Angry business leaders say Austria is too expensive|
|Pink Easter bunny helps Vienna art world pay tribute to Dürer|
|Czech canoeist drowns in Austria|
|Austria to house a further 1000 Syrian refugees|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.