Amorphophallus titanum: When will it bloom again?
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HOLD YOUR NOSE!
Another stinky Corpse Flower is getting set to bloom in the Conservatory. Experts predict Aug. 22-24, 2014...
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Growing at a rate of several inches a day, the fifth Amorphophallus titanum or "Corpse Flower" to bloom at The Huntington is currently on view in the Conservatory, which houses hundreds of rare tropical specimens. Because nature is unpredictable, the exact date when the Corpse Flower will bloom can’t be known in advance, but experts estimate that it will occur sometime between August 20-23. The plant currently stands at more than 60 inches in height and resembles a large bud.
Members will have special evening viewing hours for two evenings once the plant begins to bloom. Details to come.
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About the Titan Arum or “Corpse Flower”
Native to the equatorial rain forests of Sumatra, the Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan Arum, can reach more than 6 feet in height when it blooms, opening to a diameter of 3–4 feet. But the plant is perhaps most famous—or infamous—for its exceptionally foul odor. Hence the nickname, Corpse Flower.
Why all the excitement?
A Titan Arum in bloom is as rare as it is spectacular. A plant can go for many years without flowering, and when it does the bloom lasts only one or two days. Some people travel around the world hoping to see a Titan at the moment it flowers. For botanists and the public, being “in the right place at the right time” to see one of these magnificent plants in bloom can be a once-in-a-lifetime treat. This is only the fifth time a Titan Arum has bloomed at The Huntington.
The Huntington’s First "Big Stinky" in 1999
In the summer of 1999, The Huntington was the focus of world-wide attention when it exhibited the first Amorphophallus titanum ever to bloom in California. It was only the 11th recorded bloom of one of these plants in the United States. During its short bloom, Huntington botanists hand-pollinated the plant with its own pollen, using an experimental technique (self-pollination is normally impossible). The procedure was a success resulting in fruit and 10 fertile seeds from which several seedlings eventually were produced.
Three More Blooms: 2002, 2009, 2010
A second flowering of the 1999 plant occurred in 2002. The 2009 bloom was an offset of one of the seedlings produced from the successful self-pollination of the 1999 bloom. The fourth, and most recent bloom was in June, 2010. When do YOU think Stinky will bloom? Compare the growth cycle of the current bud to the 2010 bloom.