Amorphophallus titanum: When will it bloom again?
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IT BLOOMED! IT STUNK! WHAT'S NEXT?
After a wild weekend in glorious full bloom, things are starting to quiet down again for the Corpse Flower...
The fifth Amorphophallus titanum or "Corpse Flower" bloomed in The Huntington Conservatory, reaching a height of 66 inches before releasing its foul-smelling odor. Now the plant will turn its energies to the next stage of its cycle: bearing fruit. See the plant's famous bloom, visitor reactions, and what comes next on Instagram, Verso, and Twitter, and don't miss the stinkin' time-lapse of the bloom on Tumblr.
VERSO: A Stinky Family Tree
The newest flowering of the titan arum "Corpse Flower" has generated good questions about the origin of this plant... more on Stinky
Daily growth (ins.) to final bloom
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.
An excited crowd views the Corpse Flower, August 24, 2014.