Corpse Flower On Show



Corpse Flower On Show

When: Expected to bloom as early as 11 October
Where: Bicentennial Conservatory, Adelaide Botanic Garden

Get your nose pegs at the ready – a rare and endangered Corpse flower is about to bloom at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

The Corpse flower, or Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is known for its striking appearance, immense stature and pungent odour, which is said to resemble rotting flesh. The flower can grow up to three metres tall, making it one of the biggest flowers in the world. 

The strong scent of the Corpse Flower is very effective at attracting pollinators in the wild, but it can take ten years for the plant to flower. Once a flower emerges, it lasts for just 48 hours and it can take another three years for a new flower to emerge. 

The Corpse Flower at Adelaide Botanic Garden is housed in the Bicentennial Conservatory and could bloom as early as 11 October. Regular updates on the flower will be posted on social media sites.

This plant is endemic to rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia and is classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. The propagation of the Corpse Flower at the Botanic Gardens of South Australia contributes to the global conservation of this unique plant. 

Find out more about Titan Arum.