Amorphophallus titanum flowering in Singapore Botanic Gardens- Nov 2010

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I first saw the Amorphophallus titanum seedlings in PRC in 2007 was wondering whether would it flower in Singapore. At last good news were released this month that this wonderful aroid has finally spike!!! Bravo to Marc and his team for taking good care of these babies.

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The Amorphallus is current displayed at the Green Pavillion near the main entrance of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. as to date 18th Nov 2010, one can see the spadix is fully grown and a portion is visible and within the next 2 days the flower should be able to open fully.

The gigantic Amorphophallus grows in the wild only in parts of Sumatra, Indonesia. It was first scientifically described in 1878 by Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari. The plant flowers only infrequently in the wild and even more rarely when cultivated. The displayed titan arum ‘s inflorescence is about 2 metres and some are know to reach over 3 metres. The plant is reputed to emit a pungent fragrance (aka rotting meat).

More pics and vid added on 7/11/2010

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More pics and vid added on 20/11/2010

The fringe of the petals has turned darker but the flower has yet to open.

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More pics and vid added on 07/12/2010

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The night~ 2330hrs 05/11/12 when the stench was very strong!! the female flowers had arrived!


Marc explaining the process of the bloom of Amorphophallus titanum.


Marc explaining on how the Amorphophallus titanum pollinates.

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Marc explain on the cycle of the bloom of Amorphophallus titanum.

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On 07/12/2010-0000hrs the stench was faint not as strong as the days before.

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Please take this rare opportunity to see such an interesting plant blooming right in Singapore Botanic Gardens!!!

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