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Amorphophallus Titanum

When: Thursday 2 February
Time: 5pm to 6:30pm
Where: Lecture Room, Goodman Building, Adelaide Botanic Garden (enter Hackney Road carpark)
Presenter: Matt Coulter, Botanic Gardens of South Australia Nursery Curator
Cost: $25

Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Amorphophallus titanum (Titan Arum), was discovered in Sumatra, Indonesia in 1878 by the Italian Botanist Odoardo Beccari. Following this discovery, Beccari sent seeds to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, where 11 years later in 1889, the first plant flowered. Flowering events of Titan Arum are extremely rare and very few flowerings have been recorded ex-situ.

As the wild population suffers due to increasing pressure on its natural habitat, botanic gardens now play an important role in the conservation of this remarkable species.

The Botanic Gardens of South Australia is home to one of the largest ex-situ collections in the world. Starting from 3 seeds in 2006, our nursery team led by Matt Coulter has propagated over 100 plants, two of which flowered in the summer period of 2015 to 2016.

Commonly referred to as the ‘Corpse Flower’, it has the largest unbranched inflorescence of all the plant species, and it is this plant’s pollination methods that give it its infamous name.

Come along and hear from Industry expert, the Botanic Garden of South Australia’s Matt Coulter, and learn about this vulnerable species and its unique and fascinating characteristics that make it a truly remarkable member of the plant kingdom.

See what you can do to help the Gardens' conservation efforts with the Amorphophallus titanum.