the flower

Amorphophallus Titanum

The Corpse Flower



life cycle of the Titan Arum


It is believed that self-pollination in the Titan Arum is not possible. This is because in this plant, the pollen only ripens when the female stage of flowering has finished. So when the females are ready to be pollinated, the pollens are not ready yet. But artificial pollination has been successful using pollens from another flower. After the plant blooms, the pollens are extracted from the spathe. These pollens are then applied to the female flowers while in bloom. These female flowers, once pollinated and fertilized, develop into bright orange-red fuits. The seed inside one of these fruits can develop into a corm, which is the underground stem from which the titan arum emerges and stores energy.

When extracted, pollens are usually just stored because it is unlikely that the same botanical garden has two plants that are blooming at the same time. They can be stored deep-frozen in liquid nitrogen or refrigerated at 5°C. Either method is equally effective.

A very tall Titan Arum

Life Cycle

life cycle

Amorphophallus Titanum is a plant that grows in interval interruptions with dormant stages in between. When it grows, it produces one of two things; either a leaf or it flowers. The plant produces one enormous leaf which grows to resemble a small tree. This leaf can reach heights as tall as 3 meters. This may last for about 9-12 months and it is said that the plant is in its vegetative stage. The second option is, it inflorescences. This is the plant's reproductive stage. The plant only inflorescences when it has reached critical tuber size. This picture illustrates the life cycle of the Titan Arum. Also refer to the picture on top for more understanding.