17 responses to “Amorphophallus titanum”

  1. Aida

    Other than shape and size: Is this plant related in any way to the Skunk Cabbage found in the Carolinian forests of Ontario?

  2. C.Wick

    What an incredible plant! Those outside leaves are so beautiful and just the over-all style of this odorific fellow…wonderful.

  3. AJ

    Aida: Yes, they are in the same family. Within the family, they appear fairly distantly related. Still, so far as I know, the spadix and spathe inflorescence architecture characterizes all of the Aroids including A. titanum and skunk cabbage.

  4. emma townshend

    I volunteer at Kew, and disappointingly (?), whilst the flower lasts for a couple of weeks, the smell only goes on for 48 hours. David Attenborough made up the common name “Titan Arum” for it when he was filming one of his nature series and took an on-the-spot decision that the Latin name was just too rude to say on the BBC!

  5. Michael F

    I’m surprised that such a large tuber (and inflorescence, and leaf) can be supported by such a relatively small pot.

  6. B. Verhei

    How long do these plants live?

  7. Stuart Moses

    One of these created a local sensation at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles, in 2002.

  8. elizabeth a airhart

    i saw this plant in full bloom
    and in full odour at selby gardens
    in sarasota florida
    the crowds are always large
    looks like some thing in a
    a si fi film thank you

  9. Jan Phillips

    I saw the one in flower at the Eden Project last year but it has a way to go before it gets this big!

  10. Nancy Anne Rowe

    Stunning and spectacular!

  11. Meg Bernstein

    Wow, just WOW!!

  12. annie morgan

    A stunning photo, and more than excellent text – wonderful links – a perfectly marvellous presentation. Thank you ever so much.
    Our li’l ol’ skunk cabbages reek enough for me, I can’t begin to imagine the odour of such an enormous plant.

  13. Melinde

    Truly something from the “Little Shop of Horrors.” We saw this in Kew years ago but missed the time when the scent was detectable.

  14. Margaret-Rae Davis

    This a such a great photograph. I really like all the information you provided. I like to see and learn of plants I have never seen before.
    Thank you,

  15. roger

    When are you going to change the name of this posting to “botany picture of whenever I get around to it?

  16. Gerardo Barrica

    Such a Gigantic spectacular. The thing that interests me more is the potential of the plant in the field of medicine. There could be reason why it attracts other animals is its hunger for blood. For all we know it may produce some type of serum that could be an ingredient for the regeneration of body parts. Just an imagination.

  17. Beverly L. Gallagher

    Great discription of the plant. Is it related to the stinking corpse lily? I know that’s a record size flower and known for it’s stinkiness. The photo of the titan is almost scary!

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