Photographer's Note

What you see here is for me VERY special, as it is a great rarity, I assume that you have never seen it.
Amorphophallus titanum, the titan arum, is a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. It is endemic to Sumatra.
Due to its odor, like that of a rotting corpse, the titan arum is also known as the corpse flower or corpse plant. The titan arum's inflorescence can reach over 3 metres in height. It consists of a fragrant spadix of flowers wrapped by a spathe, which looks like a large petal. The spathe is a deep green on the outside and dark burgundy red on the inside, with a deeply furrowed texture. The inflorescence's deep red color and texture contribute to the illusion that the spathe is a piece of meat.
In cultivation, the titan arum generally requires 7 to 10 years of vegetative growth before blooming for the first time. Some plants may not bloom again for another 7 to 10 years .The spathe generally begins to open between mid-afternoon and late evening and remains open all night. At this time, the female flowers are receptive to pollination. Although most spathes begin to wilt within twelve hours, some have been known to remain open for 24 to 48 hours.
The flowering titan arum is in Warsaw a great sensation. It happens for the first time in Poland. On Sunday, the queues to the glasshouse were very long I had to wait more than 2,5 hours. The last people could enter only at 3 a.m.!
I observed it four times (I live not far from the Botanical Garden). Here the photos taken on Tuesday 8th, and then on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
I am afraid that someone will be disappointed.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13401 W: 141 N: 34841] (157280)
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