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2006 Titan Arum Bloom (Video)

Titan Arum Bloom, August 2006

The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is one of the world's most remarkable plants. Native to tropical forests in Sumatra, it produces a monstrous four- to nine-foot-tall flower head, which releases a monstrous stench of putrefaction at peak bloom (another name for the plant is the corpse flower!). The species rarely flowers in cultivation; but in August 2006, BBG's ten-year-old specimen—nicknamed "Baby"—flowered in spectacular style and with much fanfare. It was the first time a titan arum had bloomed in New York in nearly 70 years.

Watch as the rare corpse flower, Amorphophallus titanum, blooms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This time-lapse video of the plant (nicknamed "Baby") was compiled from live webcam images captured over a period of twelve days, from August 5, 2006 to August 17, 2006.

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