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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
Native to the rainforests of western Sumatra
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!