titan arum


Definition of titan arum

: the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanium) The titan arum produces the stink as it tries to attract insects to pollinate the male and female flowers it holds deep inside a pod. But the rarity of the plant—and its bloom—makes the stench worth it to horticulturists, few of whom can claim the achievement of growing one.— Jeremiah Dobruck

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The Domes got its first titan arum from a tuber off a corpse flower plant at the University of Wisconsin a couple decades ago, said Braunreiter. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stinky corpse flower draws crowds to Domes for glimpse and whiff," 13 June 2018 The titan arums are native to Indonesia; therefore the intense heat of the past weekend did not hinder its growth. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Corpse flower makes repeat performance — this time outdoors — at Chicago Botanic Garden," 3 July 2018 After failing to bloom in 2015, causing disappointment to the Chicago Botanic Garden staff and patrons, the titan arum plant native to Indonesia nicknamed Spike crossed the bloom threshold late Wednesday, Garden officials said. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "After 2015 failure, corpse flower blooms – and stinks – at Chicago Botanic Garden," 26 Apr. 2018 According to Meijer Gardens, The corpse flower — also called titan arum — is one of the largest and rarest flowering plants in the world. Detroit Free Press, "Rare corpse flower blooms in Grand Rapids," 12 July 2018 In 2015, Alice the Amorphophallus titanum, or titan arum, was the first of the garden’s collection of corpse flowers to fully bloom. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Corpse flower makes repeat performance — this time outdoors — at Chicago Botanic Garden," 3 July 2018

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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