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Family: ARACEAE 

 Amorphophallus titanum
 

Flowering in Copenhagen Botanical garden after nine years. Well over one meter high.
  
Author:  Odoardo Beccari 1879
Family:  Araceae
Habitat:  Indonesia; Sumatra
Soil:  Rich Peat
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Minimum-Medium
Thickness:  100 Centimetres
Height:  6 Metres
Flower:  Green/Maroon
Reproduction:  Seeds/Leaf Cuttings
Pop names:  Corpse Flower; Titan Arum
Synonyms:  Conophallus titanum, Odoardo Beccari 1878. Amorphophallus selebicus Nakai 1948.


Two years after, it measured 192 cm


Above and below: First year, over one meter tall.


It is said the massive tuber will die, when the fruits are ripen.


This is a crowd-pleaser! It is even raining. 15-20.000 is said to have seen it live the first year it flowered.


After four days, it have closed up again.

    This member of the Araceae family was given this name by Odoardo Beccari in 1879. It is found in the edges of the Sumatran jungle in Indonesia, growing in a rich soil with plenty of water and little to some sun. The  bulb can weight up to 50 or even 100 kilos, measuring up to one meter in diameter. The single leaf can reach a height of six metres.

 When the plant mature - bulb is said to have to exceed 50 centimetres - it first grow its huge inflorescent, which can reach three metres in height. When it dies back, the leaf emerges, reaching up to six metres in height and five across. And it still have time for four months or dormancy!

 The genera name originate from Ancient Greek: amorphos = without form, misshapen and phallos = penis, and the species name; titan means giant after the Titans.

 It is - along with some others: "The largest flower in the world". Actually, it is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. The largest single flower is borne by the Rafflesia arnoldii, while the largest branched inflorescence belongs to the Talipot palm, Corypha umbraculifera. Anyway; this species share the distinct odour with related species: Rotting meat!

 Might not be considered a caudiciforms: The giant bulb does not appreciate to be exposed, and the roots emerges on its top.


The leaf seen from underneath and the massive stalk for it. Up to six metres high.


First year: One meter bud and seen from above. No sent yet. Adding 7-10 centimetres a day!


Deep in the funnel, the female flowers are revealed first. A massive odour fill the house for nine hours only. 


After a week, the unfertilized inflorescence shrinks.

 
Two ears after, it is almost twice as high - but look the same.


In the wild, the plant can't self-pollinate: The female flowers occurs first. However, the pollen can be frozen down and used on the next inflorescence. These have been frozen to -196C, and they are alive.