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Titan Arum

Amorphophallus titanum

Description:

Specimens of A. titan are the tallest unbranched inflorescence in the world. The tallest on record bloomed in 2010 and it was whopping 3.1m (10') in height! The specimen seen here reached 2.5m (8') tall. It's the first Titan Arum to bloom in Canada. Also known as the Corpse Flower because it smells like rotting meat. I could smell it as soon as I opened the door to the greenhouse. Photos taken #1,2 - May 5 #3,4 - May 3 #5 - Apr 26 #6 - Apr 19

Habitat:

Native to the rainforests of western Sumatra

Notes:

The flower had opened and began to collapse a lot faster than anyone had suspected. It opened quickly last night and, like everyone else, I thought we would get at least 2 days of it at its peak, but by 7am this morning, the top had began to collapse and the petals were closing in. So these are the best photos I could get of it because I missed it last night. The great news is that there is another Titan Arum set to bloom in the next 10 days or so and I'm not going to miss that opening. This Titan Arum was spotted at Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse. I work for the Niagara Parks Commission and had been following along with the flowers rapid growth since the beginning, though I only started to photograph it after it had already been growing for a few weeks. The NPC had 6 corms donated to it from Louis M. Ricciardiello, a hobbyist grower in New Hampshire. There are daily updates on the flower at Niagara Parks site http://blog.niagaraparks.com/news/worlds... I don't like to post spottings of cultivated plants but this is a very special and rare plant and thought it deserved to be shared and recognized. They are rare in cultivation and this flower is only the 151 ever to bloom. This spotting is also significant because it is my 1200th spotting!

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26 Comments (1–25)

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Me too! Thanks Yuriana!

YurianaMartínez
YurianaMartínez 6 years ago

Im crazy about this!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 6 years ago

If I still lived in New Hampshire, I'd sure consider it! I'm in Oklahoma now and that's a couple of thousand miles away. :-(

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks a lot everyone and peter for sotd!
@BalincaguinConservancy, yes, I've seen other species, thanks for linking those with this.
@Goody, there is another one to bloom in about 10 days, you could drive up for that one.
@keith, I'm not sure how big the seeds are. This one won't get pollinated because we don't have the natural pollinators and it is difficult to by hand.
@Ahish, this is Indonesian flora, we are just growing it in Canada.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 6 years ago

Very interesting spotting and information - congrats on SOD

MargoMcDermott
MargoMcDermott 6 years ago

Saw this one in WI ten + years ago. People came from all over the world to view it. It is interesting the history of its findings. I found this site:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_arum

Bong Ambutong
Bong Ambutong 6 years ago

Congratulation Dandoucette

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing this organism with project Noah.. Dan... Canadian Flora is awesome....!!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 6 years ago

Congrats Dan. Well deserved :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Congratulations Dan

keithp2012
keithp2012 6 years ago

How big are the seeds?

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Cool that you got to see it! I saw one in Indonesia once; not a beautiful but certainly interesting flower!

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Wow! I guess this would be worth staying up all night to photograph!

patty
patty 6 years ago

Congratulations; I had no idea this sort of plant existed, thank you very much for sharing the picture and comments =)

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 6 years ago

I would drive well out of my way to visit such a wonderful plant. Excellent photos and information!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Congratulations Dan:)
Is amazing

harsuame
harsuame 6 years ago

Sensacional felicidades

peter
peter 6 years ago

Wow what an amazing story. It's incredible to hear that it's the first specimen to bloom in Canada! Thanks for sharing it with the community Dan, and congrats on spotting of the day!

"Known as the "corpse flower" because it smells like rotting meat, Titan Arum is a very special and rare plant. There have only been 151 ever recorded to bloom and it is also the world’s tallest blooming flower!"

Facebook: http://facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151...
Twitter: http://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/19...

YW Dan, looks like you also spotted others in this genus in:
Laos - http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/625...
Congo - http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/661...

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

@BalincaguinConservancy, it did smell! As soon as I walked in the door I noticed it. Thanks for the more specific links. Thanks Leanne and Viv! @ Daniele, thanks! I hope I can see it too in the wild. Turns out I did see them in Sumatra but they were in their vegetative stage, nowhere near flowering. Oh well, just a reason to go back there!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Vow! I hope one day you can see one in its native environment!

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 6 years ago

Fantastic images Dan.! Lucky you to be in the right place at the right time. I seem to recall a Titan Arum flowering at Kew a few years ago and they featured the event on UK national news.
CONGRATS on the 1200!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 6 years ago

Oh my stars! What an awsome flower! I never even knew this existed. Thanks so much for sharing. Cant wait to see the next pics. Love it.

Looking forward to those shots... it looks a dirty sock in the first 2 photos, did it smell like one too?

Here are more specific links:
http://blog.niagaraparks.com/news/worlds...
http://blog.niagaraparks.com/news/photo-...

...and congrats on your #1200!

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks! I will have some more shots later. This was just seen today.

Niagara Falls, ON, Ontario, Canada

Lat: 43.07, Long: -79.07

Spotted on May 6, 2012
Submitted on May 6, 2012

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