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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Full sun to part shade. The rainforests of Sumatra are under massive threat of deforestation, as vast areas amorphophaluls logged for timber and to make way for palm plantations. 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.

Share on Facebook Tweet Send email. Photosynthesis, the process by which green plants and certain other organisms transform light energy…. Cornell Cast – Cornell University. Amorphophallus titanum is native solely to western Sumatraand western Java where amorphophallu grows in openings in rainforests on limestone hills. As the spathe wilts, the female flowers lose receptivity to pollination.

Mindoro hornbill Penelopides mindorensis. Titan arums aamorphophallus Kew The first European botanist to encounter the species was the Italian Odoardo Beccari, who was travelling in tropical southeast Asia in Amorphophallus titanumalso known as the titan arumis a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world.

Male flowers release their pollen the next day and the appendix of the spadix begins amorphophallsu wither, thus allowing the insects to escape, brushing through the pollen on their way 2. At this time, the female flowers are receptive to pollination.

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Seed has been obtained from hand pollination of flowers by Kew staff on several occasions. Lesley, Fiona and Peter make the first cut of the Amorphophallus. Lindsey Paretti – Blood Island. Once the spathe has unfurled in all its glory the female flowers amorphophllus ready to receive pollinators.


Wikispecies has information related to Amorphophallus titanum. The largest of the three tubers, one of those grown from seed, weighed 75 kg although since then we have had one, re-potted in winterwhich weighed an astonishing 91kg.

Many of the or so species of Amorphophallus produce a variety of obnoxious odours ranging from rotting meat, dung and rancid cheese to a nauseating gaseous stench. A well-drained, organic compost is used and plants are fertilised regularly during the growing season.

Amorphophallus titanum – Titan Arum – Tubers

The largest single flower belongs to another carrion flower of Indonesiathe unrelated monster flower Rafflesia arnoldii. The plant grows at an extraordinary rate in the few weeks before it flowers. The titan arum’s inflorescence is not as large as that of the talipot palm, Titqnum umbraculiferabut amorpho;hallus inflorescence of the talipot palm is branched rather than unbranched.

The banana odour of Amorphophallus haematospadix appears to be due to isoamyl acetate while the carrot odour of A. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Kew’s recent flowerings In a titan arum flowered at Kew for the first time for many decades. Some Amorphophallus species, however, produce pleasant odours; for example, A.

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Cornell’s Titan Arum Blog”. Inthe tallest bloom in cultivation, some 2. In Januarywhile the plants were dormant, they were potted up again. Sign up to our newsletter Get the latest wild news direct to your inbox. The inflorescence rises from a tuber, a swollen underground stem tiatnum to store food for the plant.

As well as investigating propagation techniques, surveys of wild plants have been undertaken and educational materials produced 7. Liberian mongoose Liberiictis kuhni.

The most recent flowering was in April From the pollinated female flowers, the fruits develop inside the spathe chamber. After years of growth, the inflorescence opens for only 48 hours. Then the process repeats. Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” amorpgophallus copying and pasting the code below. Like other members of the arum family, the massive inflorescence of the titan arum consists of an inner flower spike, known as a spadixsurrounded by a petal-like collar known as a spathe.

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Learn how your titahum data is processed. The few observations available are for foul-smelling species and these seem to attract carrion beetles.

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Hundreds of unisexual flowers are borne toward the bottom of the spadix within a protective chamber formed by the spathe and mature separately to reduce self-pollination; the dense cream-coloured male flowers are located above the pink to orange female flowers. Titan arum has a massive inflorescence flowering structure consisting of a spathe collar-like structure wrapped around a spadix flower-bearing spike. Amorphophallus titanum flowering at Kew Gardens. Please try again later.

Video Britain’s biggest flower. Your email address will not be published. See list of publicised titan arum blooms in cultivation. Native PlantsUnusual.

Amazing Flowering PlantsHeliconias. The unusual short-lived flower structure is the largest unbranched inflorescence of any plant and smells of rotting flesh. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with ‘species’ microformats Articles containing Indonesian-language text Articles with Japanese-language external links.

The chemical constituents of the odours might also provide clues to the pollinators of these plants since, for most species, the pollinators remain a mystery. Inflorescence The reproductive shoot of the plant, which bears flowers See http: