As a floral artist, I always look for something interesting relating to flowers. The flower I am introducing today cannot be used for regular flower arrangements or wedding decorations. All we can do with this flower is just to feel unbelievable. The official name of this flower is Amorphophallus titanium or Titan Arum also known as the “Corpse Flower” because of its terrible smell.
This flower blooms once every 20 to 40 years for only 2 to 4 days. Therefore it is so unique in terms of the size itself and also the extremely rare blooming. Quite frankly speaking, it looks like there is controversial arguments regarding the blooming frequency. Some say every 40 years and some every 20 years and some only 1,000 days.
This exceptionally large flower is introduced at various websites all over the world. It looks like the height of very large one exceeds 20 feet (or 6 meters) judging from the height of person standing by the side of this flower.
According to Wikipedia, Amorphophallus titanium is endemic to western Sumatra, Indonesia. Namely the titan arum grows in the wild only in the equatorial rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.
At the moment, this flower can be found various botanical gardens around the world such as Huntington Botanical Gardens in California, USA, Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia and also London’s Kew Gardens etc. As this flower rarely blooms, above mentioned gardens are visited by large crowds at the time of blooming.
Even if the size of this flower is much smaller, say one tenth of actual size, it is totally impossible to use it for ornamental use or decoration purpose only because of its unbelievably foul odor just like the smell of a dead body. Although humans do not accept the terrible smell, it looks like this flower can attract so many insects and bees that work for pollination.
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