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Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901

Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901

The Titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum is known as the corpse flower in its native Indonesia because of the rancid smell, described by Curtiss Botanical magazine as a mixture of rotten fish and burnt sugar, which it emits as it flowers... Read more

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Filename: p102 - 103 006838LA20120727-107 Titan Arum.jpg

Size: 6545 x 3851 (4.9MB)

Date: 12th February 2015

Credit: Copyright RBG Kew

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Owner URL: http://www.kew.org/

© RBG KEW

Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901

The Titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum is known as the corpse flower in its native Indonesia because of the rancid smell, described by Curtiss Botanical magazine as a mixture of rotten fish and burnt sugar, which it emits as it flowers. It caused a sensation when it first bloomed at Kew in June 1889; the odour attracted " many bluebottle flies" and visitors were greatly disturbed by the smell. The artist Matilda Smith, who recorded the first flowering endured many hours painting it and consequently felt ill. The inflorescence can grow to more than 2.5m and is surrounded by a single purple leaf. These photographs were taken over a four-day period during a later blooming in 1901

© RBG KEW

Media ID 10645190

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