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Titan Arum

Amorphophallus titanum


The second Titan Arum to bloom at the Floral Showhouse. It reached 85" (2.15m) in height. The flower opened up in the middle of the night and was at its peak when I saw it before work at 7am. Though the flower was about 10" shorter than the first bloom on May 6, the spathe, which looks like a large petal, was much larger and overall the flower had a nicer shape.


native to western Sumatra, Indonesia


I wanted to post this Titan Arum because I was able to catch it at its best, unlike my other spotting where I missed the peak. Also because I was able to use a ladder to get some different perspectives on the flower. When I opened the door to the back of Floral Showhouse on tuesday morning just before work at 7am, I was hit with a huge stench from this plant and I knew it had opened. I didn't have my camera with me so I called my boss and asked if I could go back home to get it. I didn't care if I had to lose some pay, I had to get photos. Thankfully my boss said it was okay and I went right home and got my camera. I came back and set up with my tripod and get some shots from a ladder. Luckily for me, the Floral Showhouse couldn't get a professional photographer to come in so I was able to spend the entire day photographing the flower and talking to visitors about it. It was the best day at work ever! The flower didn't last long again and at exactly 10.20am, the tip of the flower bent over. I watched it go. I showed many visitors that came in after that time the photos on my camera so they could see what it looked like. By 3.30pm, it had collapsed more and the petals were starting to wilt. It was amazing to be able to spend the entire day with it. The smell was strong all day too! Especially when I went up 10' (3m) on the ladder, since the smell is released from the top of the spadex.

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29 Comments (1–25)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks bhargav and Cammie.

Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 10 years ago

Amazing!!! Looks prehistoric. 10 years ago

Very nice!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks Mayra, it sure is!

MayraSpringmann 11 years ago

Wow! Crazy!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Oh yeah, the corpse lily does not smell good but definitely worth it! Thanks for the great comments.

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 11 years ago

Wow, how interesting!

Daacwen 11 years ago

Ewww way to take one for the project. Nice shots

Jinga 11 years ago

the "corpse lilly" , VERY NICE! wonderful shots

OnengDyah 11 years ago

In Indonesia this flower call ' bunga bangkai ' because the smell it is not good.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks a lot everyone!

arlanda 11 years ago

very impressive, Dan!

rutasandinas 11 years ago


LeanneGardner 11 years ago

Awsome Dan! I'm so happy you got this one at its peak. These photos are just brilliant.

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Awesome Dan! Your description is so grabbing I can almost smell it!

Yasser 11 years ago


LarryGraziano 11 years ago

Wow, truly amazing Dan!....and congrats Martin on ranger!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Oh, and congrats on ranger!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks martin. Amorphophallus species are actually corms. I'm guessing you're joking about the small pots? They are 4' (1.3m) across! The plant grows in two different stages, the flower which you see here and then the vegetative state, which is just one large leaf, as you can see in the link. I have photos of a smaller corms leaf but this link is more what this flower's leaf will look like. The flower will completely die back and then go dormant for a few months and then the single leaf will sprout. This will grow for a season and then die back completely and then either another flower or possibly another large leaf will sprout again and the cycle continues. It is a fascinating plant, I'm so lucky that I will be able to follow it through all its stages.

MartinL 11 years ago

That's am amazing story about a spectacular plant, dandoucette. Is the plant itself feeding on soil or root stock or fungus? They are in tiny pots, can you explain what the plant is, apart from its flower?

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks everyone! It was definitely a treat for me and spending the whole day with it was so rewarding, despite the ever present stench!

VivBraznell 11 years ago

Fantastic images Dan! What a treat for you, and us on PN!

auntnance123 11 years ago

Fabulous! (Dan can you identify this one specificaly?

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Nicely documented and great that you could spend the day like that!

Yep, very cool video...

Dan Doucette
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Dan Doucette

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on May 15, 2012
Submitted on May 17, 2012

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