Biology

Titan Arum Flower 2011

 

Poster of Titan Anum

Image courtesy of Mo Fayyaz,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Corpse Flower, Amorphophallus titanum, is developing a flowering bud in the UMSL greenhouse. This particular plant, grown from seed in 1995 at UMSL, collected by James Symon, also bloomed in 1998. Two of its siblings have also bloomed at UMSL, in 2001 and 2009. When this plant bloomed in 1998, it surprised everyone by being capable of flowering at a very small size and weight, just under 3 pounds. It was the first of all the seeds that James Symon distributed around the world to bloom, and the first one to bloom in the United States since 1939. This is the "archetype", the original, the first, and is nicknamed Archie. Learn more about the Titan Arum

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Today's Photo of Jim Symon
June 6
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May 26
June 3
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May 26
Final photos of Betty
June 6
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June 6
May 19
(evening)
May 19
(evening)
Earlier Photos of Betty
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Earlier Photos of Archie
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Photos from 2009 plant

Kathy Upton, with vegetative structure (leaf).

A sibling from the same seed batch bloomed in 2001. 2001 Press Publicity