, also known as the "corpse flower", is a rare and endangered specimen growing in a tropical glasshouse at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
6 Acrid arums The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum
), also known as the "corpse flower" as it smells like decomposed bodies when in flower, is nevertheless beautiful, growing up to 3m tall, its gigantic crimson flower spanning 3m, and is a great magnet for pollinating insects.
A so-called corpse flower, infamous for its smell which is similar to that of a decomposed body, is all set for its rare bloom at the Huntington Library in Southern California on Tuesday. Nicknamed "Li'l Stinker," this plant's formal name is Amorphophallus titanum
and it is native to the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.
The plant - named Amorphophallus titanum
, or titan arum - came into flower at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh (RBGE) late on Tuesday afternoon and it is still continuing to open.
The titan arums have the proper name of Amorphophallus titanum
but are also known as corpse flowers because the horrendous odour they give off to attract pollinators is similar to that of decaying flesh.
The titan arum (Latin name: Amorphophallus titanum
) is a magnificent tropical plant native to the forests of Indonesia.
, known as the corpse flower because it smells like rotting flesh, bloomed last weekend at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.
Another enormous flower found there is the Amorphophallus titanum
, or Titan arum.
The show sees him getting up close and personal with several old chums, including the great Titan arum - the nickname he coined for amorphophallus titanum
, originally filmed in its native Sumatra for his BBC series The Private Life of Plants.
Such commissions include "Amorphophallus Titanum
" at the entrance plaza of the new Nolen Greenhouses at The New York Botanical Garden; "Tornado of Ideas" for the Texas Tech University; and installations at United States' courthouses in Minneapolis and Sacramento.
Visitors to Sydney's Botanical Gardens have described the scent of the Titan Arum, also known as Amorphophallus titanum
, as like a room full of smelly socks, rotting fish, wet carpet, or a rotten banana.
Explaining the plant's allure, UW botanist Paul Berry says that in many ways Amorphophallus titanum
is more like an animal than a plant.