Webcam: Titan arum, the biggest flower in the world
Titan arum facts
- Growing up to over 3 metres high, this is one of the largest flowers in the world. The current world record for the largest grown in cultivation is held by Winnipesaukee Orchids in Gilford, New Hampshire, USA: their specimen grew to a whopping 3.1 metres.
- It is also one of the smelliest, and its stink of rotting flesh has led it to be called the ‘corpse flower’.
- The titan arum rarely flowers, is incredibly difficult to cultivate and takes six years to grow. 'Tropical' Tim Grigg (pictured above) who works at our nursery has become highly skilled at cultivating them - he has now helped seven to come into flower!
- It has the largest tuber (underground stem) of any plant. You can see a photo of the impressive 120kg tuber from which our tallest titan arum emerged on our Blog.
- The titan arum is native to rainforests of Western Sumatra in Indonesia, and is therefore endangered as its habitat is under threat from deforestation.
- Find out more on our titan arum plant profile page.
What happened in previous years
In June 2012 we had our seventh titan arum flower come into bloom in our Rainforest Biome.
In early June 2011, two titan arums bloomed in our Rainforest Biome. The first was Britain's biggest flower at a height of 2.91 metres, and the second bloomed at a height of 2.82 metres! These flowers feature in the video on this page.