Amorphophallus titanum

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Gideon

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Here is a link to webcam showing Amorphophallus titanum starting to flower. I have been watching this one since 8 April as it broke through the soil, by today it was 102cm tall, there are 3 cameras. Glad I can't smell it. And don't worry if you see some people popping in from time to time

http://www.gustavus.edu/academics/bio/titanarum/
 

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Marco said:
cool....umm why was that portion cut out and whats the honey comb stuff inside?

They probably cut a hole in the spathe so they could cross pollinate it. Those things you see through the hole are stigmatic (female) flowers.
 

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i think they're typically self-incompatible so they'll probably cross it with pollen from another one. i wonder if anyone's working on hybrids....
well, i read it and they make no mention of crossing it and mentioned the flower is in retreat. for something so big, they only last a few days...
 

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