This is maybe oversaturating the blogwaves (two posts in one day), but since yesterday’s quick visit to the Botanic Gardens here in Cambridge I find myself checking their webcam every few hours to see if the Titan Arum has opened its flower yet.
So I though that I would potentially share this obsession around.
The last time a Titan Arum, Amorphophallus titanum, flowered at the Botanics was over a decade ago in 2004. The Arum is also known as the corpse flower due to the stink of rotting flesh it emits to attract pollinating beetles. Native to Sumatra in Indonesia, it produces one of the largest single flowering structures in the world. The Botanic Garden’s Titan Arum started its flowering cycle on July 6th this year, despite the corm being under the minimum flowering size. It is nevertheless following the same growth trajectory seen in 2004. Dubbed Tiny titan (#tinytitan) the flowering structure is growing 10cm every day and is expected it to reach 150-170cm. This morning the flower was standing at 124cm after extending a further 4cm since I took the photo.
Anyhow, if you would like to check the webcam pointed at the flower, you can watch its progress expectantly too (and be glad you aren’t actually smelling it in the confines of the glasshouse!).
Further information about this plant is available on the university website.