August 24, This Corpse Flower, Amorphophallus titanum, is currently unnamed and a sibling to Suma, the Corpse Flower that bloomed. Titan arum, (Amorphophallus titanum), also called corpse flower, herbaceous flowering plant of the arum family (Araceae), known for its massive foul-smelling. Learn more about the Titan arum – with amazing Titan arum videos, photos and facts on Arkive.

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Botanical gardenoriginally, a collection of living plants designed chiefly to illustrate relationships within plant groups. Spadix up to 2m tall, dull yellow colour, hollow and expanded at base. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Unfortunately, our editorial titaum may not be able to accommodate all contributions.

When the corm has stored enough energy, it becomes dormant for about four months. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

For the next 14 months, they were grown behind the scenes at Kew in our Tropical Nursery. The swollen underground storage stem tuber can weigh more than 75kg.

Amorphophallus titanum – Titan Arum – Tubers

Learn how your comment data is processed. As well as investigating propagation techniques, surveys of wild plants have been undertaken and educational materials produced.

Research is being carried out to see if a protein from the titan arum could be used to create a treatment for African sleeping sickness, which kills thousands of people each year in sub-Saharan Africa. This plant has previously proved very difficult to grow in cultivation; ongoing research may provide the key to the continued survival of this spectacular member of the plant kingdom.

Male flowers release their pollen the next day and the appendix of the spadix begins to wither, thus allowing the insects to escape, brushing through the pollen on their way 2. The fruits are bright red when mature. The spadix emerges above the spathe, the upper portion is known as the appendix and is brownish-yellow in colour. Pollinated by beetles and flies. Reaching the size of a small tree, up ttanum 7 m tall and amorpyophallus m across, the leaf consists of a sturdy glossy green stalk mottled with cream, which divides into three at its apex and bears numerous leaflets.


amorpuophallus Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review. This was the first evidence that Kew’s horticulturists had finally cracked the secrets of cultivating this rare and unique plant.

Amorphophallus titanum Seedlings – Titan Arum – Rare Plants

Inwhen it flowered again, the crowds attracted by the phenomenon were so large that the police were called to control them. Self-pollination is normally considered impossible, but inHuntington Botanical Garden botanists hand-pollinated their plant with its own pollen from ground-up male flowers.

The corm can weigh around 70—90 kg — pounds and is the largest in the plant kingdom. The number of cultivated plants has increased in recent years, and it is not uncommon for there to be five or more flowering events in gardens around the amkrphophallus in a single year.

These attract the attention of hornbills and other birds that eat them and disperse their seeds. The tallest titan arum we’ve ever grown at Eden measured cm — only 19cm off the world record! It has ribbed sides and a frilled edge, and can be up to three metres in circumference. We found this plant flowering on a private tropical fruit plantation in Sumatra at m altitude not far tiyanum the Equator. Solitary inflorescence with leaf-like structure spathe surrounding a fleshy spike spadix.


Amorphophallus titanum is native solely to western Sumatraand western Java where it grows in openings in rainforests on limestone hills. Perennial herb with largest collection of flowers inflorescence in the world.

The amorphophaplus flowers develop into bright red to orange spherical fruitsand the spathe and the upper spadix collapse away to facilitate their dispersal, commonly by rhinoceros hornbills Buceros rhinoceros amodphophallus other animals.

Your email address will not be published. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. This flowering also inspired the designation of the titan arum as the official flower of the Bronx inonly to be replaced in by the day lily. Biggest flower amorphoohallus the planet!! The record was broken again by Louis Ricciardiello, whose specimen measured 3.

Liberian mongoose Liberiictis kuhni. This plant has previously proved very difficult to grow in cultivation. Each year the leaf dies back before a new one develops but eventually the inflorescence begins to emerge in its place, growing at an amazing 10 cm a day 3.

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Hazards Emits a nauseating smell on flowering. AfricachimpanzeeconservationfilmIn the Fieldlab chimpsLiberiaPrimatesprimatologyrehabilitationtrue storywildlifewildlife filmWildscreen Festival. Amorphophallus selebicus Nakai Conophallus titanum Becc. Help us share the wonders of amorphophalluss natural world.

The upper ring bears the male flowers, the lower ring is spangled with bright red-orange carpels.