18 responses to “Amorphophallus titanum”

  1. Anna

    Still waffling on whether to make the drive into Vancouver to see / smell this thing… “dead mouse” doesn’t sound nearly as bad as some of the descriptions suggested by its name. (Having had many a mouser (cat) over the years, I know that dead mice smell awful, but the size of the odour suggested by the size of “Uncle Fester” along with names like corpse flower is enormous compared to the smell of a little dead mouse.)

  2. Pat Collins

    The tubers of Amorphophallus are the best part. Some of the most delicious tubers I have eaten.

    I haven’t tried A. titanum, yet. I might need a bigger saucepan.

    1. Anna

      Dare I ask what they taste like?

      1. Pat Collins

        I think the one I had most of was Amorphophallus paeonifolius, sold here in Indian supermarkets, called suran. It is deep purple and a rich, firm chestnut/potato-like texture. The taste was not remarkable in any way, it was just a very tasty root.

        I have never seen the flowers but I believe they also emit a foul stench.

  3. R Parker

    One other very good source for titan arum bloom info is the Cornell University blog, which covers several blooms by at least 2 plants. Especially good is to page back to the 2014 bloom, where there is a great video showing the temperature changes, as well as lots of data on growth rates, fertilization & seed production, and somewhere in there is a nice time lapse video of the entire bloom cycle.

    https://blogs.cornell.edu/arum/ is the “beginning”, ie. the most recent bloom.

    1. Wendy L Cutler

      Good thing most of us hadn’t seen that video of Carolus dancing before we saw our plant in Vancouver. I was already expecting it to open more than it did. It was very nifty to see in the Cornell video the spathe so fully open and dancing in the breeze. Interesting in a previous blog they mention the cool Ithaca temperatures. That was in August – I suppose they are thinking of the nighttime temperatures.

  4. Katherine

    There was a titan arum that bloomed at University of California, Berkeley last fall, and I think the newspaper reports at the time reported a smell that seemed much worse than dead mouse! The botanical garden’s website seemed to say that the smell comes in bursts, which is interesting. See: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/titan-arum

  5. michael aman

    I’m thinking “Little Shop of Horrors”. Does it talk, by any chance?

  6. Wendy

    Lovely photos! An inspiration for a fashhion house.

  7. Susanne

    Last year the Missouri Botanical Garden (much closer to me lol) had two of them flower 🙂 I decided not to go because while it is certainly impressive, not sure I can deal with that kind of smell…

  8. Tanis

    I am curious if there is coordination in the blooming of different individuals in the wild, since they bloom so infrequently, or are they happily selfing? I have never heard any mention of this aspect of their reproduction.

  9. sonnia hill

    I just posted my visit to see this wonderful plant July 17, 2012 on my FB page. It was in Nacogdoches, Texas. https://www.facebook.com/sonnia.hill/posts/10214924384216416?comment_id=10214924787986510&notif_id=1531843351550243&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

    It is a memory of a life time!

    Sonnia Hill,

  10. lynn

    Congratulations! (a bit late as I catch up on BOT posts). Gee, if only I’d moved about a month ago, I might have been organized enough to run up and catch this sight….but I’m sure there will always be other interesting things happening at the conservatory. Daniel, you made me laugh with your curiosity about experiencing A. bulbifer. I’d go for the anise-scented one for sure, and the cocoa-scented one. Although it’s hard to get past the spathe, I love the green-cream-purple colors of this inflorescence, and those pleated folds – that’s a very nice detail in the middle picture.

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