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Amorphophallus Titanium (Corpse Plant): The Largest Flower in the World Only Blooms Every 40 Years

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A Friend Goes To See The Amorphophallus Titanium

A friend of mine visited a Botanical Garden in Estado Veracruz, Mexico recently. She went there to see the largest flower in the world that blooms only once every 30 to 40 years. The blossom can reach height of 7-12 feet and can weigh as much as 170 pounds! The bloom only lasts for three days. After that time the sheer weight of the flower will cause it to collapse and wither away. After the flower dies back, one single leaf will grow from the underground root. That leaf will grow on a stalk that branches into three sections at the top of the plant. When I saw the photos she sent me, I could not believe my eyes!

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I Wanted To Learn More About The Largest Flower In The World

I have a great love for all flowers. The photos and information she gave me about this plant caused me to do some research on the Amorphophallus titanium. The more I read about it the more I wanted to know. I would like to share what I learned with my readers.

Several species of the plant grows in the rainforest of Sumatra, and is native to that region. It is now threatened or endangered. It is one of the most bizarre plants in the world. It produces no leaves and no stems or roots, but lives as a parasite on the Tetrastigma vine in the rain forest. Only the flower can be seen. The rest of the plant exists as filaments within its host. Another amazing fact is that the blossom is pollinated by flies who are attracted by the scent of the flower. This plant is also called the Corpse plant because the blossom has an odor of a corpse or rotting flesh. It is this odor that attracts the flies.

Flower At The Botanical Gardens, Estado Veracruz, Mexico

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The Amorphophallus Titanium (CorpsePlant) Is One Of The Rarests Plants On Earth

It is one of the rarest plants on earth. People began to study the Amorphophallus titanium in 1929. They tried to cultivate it artificially, but because the plant takes 9 to 21 months before a bud flowers, their experiments failed. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London was successful in cultivating one of these plants and the plant first bloomed in 1889. It has since had at least 100 blooms since then.

New York Botanical Garden also was successful in cultivating the plant and their first documented flowering was in 1937.

Thankfully, the number of cultivated plants has increased in recent years. It is not uncommon now to have five or more bloomings in botanical gardens around the world in one year.

Because of the work done by plant scientists, this plant can now be cultivated and actually grown in containers as you can see by the photos. I think this is amazing when you consider that the plant is a parasite that normally grows on a vine in the rain forests. When I look at the size of the plant and the size of the container it can be grown in, I cannot believe that is possible.

I like to grow plants in containers. I am tempted to try to contact one of the Botanical Gardens to find out if I could get a specimen to try and grow. With my "green thumb", I'll bet I could do it.

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Scientists Will Preserve Specimens Of The Amorphophallus

The week of July 21, 2003, national news announced that the rare and beautiful Amorphophallus was about to bloom at the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, DC. People came from all over the United States and stood in line for hours to get a look at this flower. The U.S. Botanical Garden agreed that it would be in the best interest of science to preserve a specimen of the Amorphophallus before it fell into total ruin. They knew that after three days, the flower would collapse. The scientists were able to preserve specimens which will be kept at the United States National Herbarium. Because of the work of these plant scientists this plant will be live on and on for people to see and admire.

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The Amorphophallus titanium Blooms At The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo became the proud owner of this rare plant in 1994. It was acquired from the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. After 13 long years of waiting, the zoo horticulturists began to notice changes that indicated an impending bloom. How excited they must have all been!

The public was made aware of the impending event and by the day the plant bloomed, there were hundreds of people waiting in line to see the long awaited sight.

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The U.C. Davis Botanical Conservatory

One of my readers informed me that the U.C. Davis Botanical Conservatory in Davis, California has an Amorphophallus titanium. Their plant is expected to bloom again in 2013. I just may have to plan a trip to Davis, California in 2013!They call their plant "Ted the Titan". Not only were they successful in growing their plant from seed, but it has bloomed repeatedly. That is so unusual.

They received a seed in 1995

First bloomed in 2003

Second bloom was in 2005

Third bloom was in 2007

Fourth bloom was in 2009

Fifth bloom was in 2011

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I would love to see this flower in bloom. I'm going to find out which Botanical Garden is expecting to have one in bloom, and when. If I possibly can, I will go there and see for myself this miracle of the plant world!

Don't miss watching the video of the Amorphophallus titanum which was made at the Brooklyn,New York Botanical Garden.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, there vasantha T k I'm glad you found my Hub about the Amorphophallus interesting, many thanks for reading about it and voting it UP, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, poetryman6969 I'd would love to have one of these plants in my garden, but I'm afraid I don't have that much space for it! I never saw the Little Shop of Horrors; now I want to see it!

      Thanks for reading and commentng, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, ChitrangadaSharan Yes, this flower is incredible! It truly must be a sight to behold. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about the Amorphophallus, and I thank you for the votes and the share, Mary

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      vasantha T k 2 years ago from Bangalore

      Interesting information shared. Such a huge flower! Voted Up!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      It astonishes me that anyone looks for a corpse in the wild and I find it even more astonishing that anyone wants to grow one in their garden!

      It reminds me a bit of that carnivorous plant in Little Shop of Horrors.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This sounds incredible! I have never seen or heard about this beautiful and largest flower in the World.

      Thanks for the detailed information and wonderful pictures and video. Voted up and shared on HP!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, peachpurple Yep! This is certainly the largest flower in the world! I'd sure like to see one of these flowers in bloom, wouldn't you?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, that is an enormous tall, gigantic flower i had ever seen

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Snakesmum Oh, I would so like to see this Corpse Flower, too. I can't imagine a flower this large.

      Thanks for coming by to read about this beauty, my best, Mary

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Would love to see this plant in real life, but don't we have any here in our Australian Botanic Gardens. I have only seen it on a TV documentary.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi, colorfulone I'm so glad you enjoyed learning about the Corpse Flower. I appreciate the votes and the share, too!

      My best, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi,Pawpawwrites Oh, too bad you didn't go and see this flower when it was in bloom. It won't bloom again for 40 years!!

      Hi there, aka-rms I'd like to see one of these flowers in person, too!!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi DealForALiving. Yes, I'm told the flower smells like a rotten corpse!! Not very appealing to smell at all.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi, favored, I still have not seen this beautiful flower in person, but I'd sure like to.

      Just Ask Susan, your girl friend as so lucky to see one of these Corpse Flowers in bloom!

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      This is a very exciting hub, Mary. I had no idea that a flower could be so huge, and also that rare. Fascinating information that is well worth sharing and voting up.

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      Robin S 3 years ago from USA

      Wow. I'd love to see one in person. Thanks for sharing about it.

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      We had one bloom about 50 miles from here. I should have went to see it.....and smell it.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      I heard from a friend that the smell is just gawd awful. You couldn't pay me to stand near one.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My girlfriend in St. Louis went and saw one of these bloom. I think it was last year. I found it and your hub so fascinating.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      What a magnificent plant. I would love to be able to see this in person.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Suhail, I am so happy you enjoyed reading about the largest flower in the world!

      Have a wonderful day, Mary

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Mary,

      Although I am a nature love, I never heard of this flower before. Well, thanks for sharing with pictures and a beautiful video.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi, oceansnsunsets. I think this flower if amazing, too: I'd really love to see one in bloom, wouldn't you?? I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it.

      I am well, thank you. I stay busy over in Bubblews now. So nice to see you! My best, Mary

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      Paula 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Mary, this is an absolutely amazing flower, wow! Thank you so much for sharing it. The pictures are just amazing. I hope you are doing well.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Darrylmdavis. You didn't say whether or not you actually saw this Amorphophallus while it was in bloom in Brussels. I sure hope you did see it. I just can't imagine how beautiful this flower must be. I can only hope I get to see it one day.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Neat! The royal greenhouses in Brussels has one of these and their bloomed a year or so ago...was quite the commotion here ;-)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Eddy. Yes, it has a truly massive bloom, this Amorphophallus. I'm hoping I can see it in person one day....

      Thanks for the votes and the share, Mary

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wow mary what a massive bloom;thank you for sharing this wonderful flower.

      Voted up,across and shared,

      Have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Lady E. Yes, I'll agree....the Amorphophallus is an amazing flower. I'd sure like to see one in person!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      That's so amazing. Thanks for posting the photos too.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi liesl5858. I know by reading your profile you love flowers, too! This one is truly a beauty and one I'd sure love to see.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! mary615, thank you for such a wonderful hub. I have never seen a very big flower like that in my life. Thank you for sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi again, Jmillis2006. I think that would be a very interesting Hub; one on stinky flowers! Some people would not agree, but I find the Marigold has an unpleasant odor.

      Good luck with your research, Mary

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      Jmillis2006 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Your hub inspired me to research other stinky flowers, you would not believe the amount out there. I am working up a hub about them myself. I would love to see this flower myself.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Jmillis2006. So nice to "meet you" today. I'm happy you found this Hub interesting.

      The Amorphophallus is one flower I'd sure like to see.

      Thanks for reading and for the vote. Mary

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      Jmillis2006 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This was a very interesting hub I never knew there was so many stinky flowers out there for one and that there were flowers that got so big. voted interesting.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Kevin Peter. You are a sharp individual! I think both of these flowers lay claim to the title of the largest flower in the world to tell the truth. Someone wrote a Hub about the Rafflesia that was interesting. I really should Google this and see what comes up.

      Yes, I believe "Amorphophallus Titanium" is the scientific name for this flower.

      I would certainly like to see this beautiful flower, too.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Kevin Peter 4 years ago from Global Citizen

      I have read somewhere that the largest flower in the world is Rafflesia. I am not sure about it. But is it the same flower? Is Amorphophallus Titanium the scientific name of it? Thanks for the wonderful pictures of the flower included in the hub. It's so huge.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, khmazz. Good to see another S Floridian! I had never heard of this plant either until my friend told me about seeing it. She said it was impossible to describe it's beauty. I'd sure love to see one!

      Thanks for reading and for the vote, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi baja2013. Nice to see you today! Another name for this plant is the Corpse plant because of it's bad odor! I'd still love to see it, though.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Jools99. Yes, I would love to see this flower, too. I have a friend who has seen one and she just couldn't describe it, except to say it smells really bad!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Kristen Mazzola 4 years ago from South Florida

      I never knew something so amazing existed! What an interesting and beautiful hub! Great information and detail :) Voted up!

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      Bajazid 4 years ago from Sarajevo, Bosnia

      Hope that smell is not so bad. :)

      Great Hub!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      I would love to see this up close Mary; isn't it amazing? And when you see how small it begins its life, it is mind boggling- and you could only get to see it over a period of a few days. Very interesting article.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hello, Pavlo Badovsky Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on the Amorphophallus titanium. I agree it is an interesting flower, and one I would enjoy seeing in person.

      Thanks again, Mary

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      I have heard about this flower before. It is interesting and amazing information. Thank you.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Vellur. I would love to see this beautiful Amorphophallus titanium in person, too. It certainly is rare, but I'm glad plant scientists are propagating it so it never dies out.

      Thanks for reading and for the vote, I appreciate that, Mary

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Interesting and amazing facts. I wish I there to,to see this amazing flower bloom. Thanks for sharing and voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, midget38, I'm glad you found my Hub on the Amorphophallus titanium. Isn't this plant incredible?? I'd sure like to see it. I will go and find your Hub on the rafflesia (I may have read it before), sounds familiar.....

      Thanks for the votes and the share, Mary

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Wow!! I wrote about the Rafflesia, and finally managed to make my way to this informative and useful hub. It's so wonderful what nature can do. Wish we could accommodate these in our own backyards..but I guess they'd be too big!! I admire your love for plants and your green fingers, Mary. Votes up, across and shared.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Peggy W, thanks for taking the time to find and read about the world's largest flower. I'll bet you would enjoy seeing it. My friend said she just couldn't believe it. She did say it smelled pretty bad, but it was worth the odor just to see this plant!

      See you again, soon.....

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Not sure when and if the one exhibited at the Museum of Natural Science in Houston will bloom again...but if I hear of it, I will let you know. Maybe next time I will go down there to see (and smell) it. Supposedly it smells like a rotting corpse...so not good!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, sofs. I'm so happy you read my Hub on the Amorphophallus and took the time to comment on it. Yes, it does look like a sculpture, doesn't it? I intend to see this beauty in person one day! Hope you have a wonderful day.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Mary, this is almost like a sculpture than like a flower..Dramatic! The richness of color and size makes up for the stink and the rareness I guess. Thanks for sharing this. Have a great day!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, rajan jolly. Always nice to see you. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about the Amorphophallus. It truly is an amazing plant; one I'd sure like to see. Thanks so much for the vote and for your shares, too. I really appreciate that. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi dinkan53. Nice to see you today! Thanks for reading my Hub about the world's largest flower. I didn't know that fact about the plant regulating it's temperature; interesting. Thanks for the vote, I appreciate that.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is an amazing flower, Mary. Not only is the video awesome, the pictures are a visual treat as well . I wonder how imposing it would be to see it up close.

      Sharing it on FB and Google.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful natural specimen. Voted up and awesome.

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      It is beautiful and huge. A friend of mine got a chance to visit this flower and he was so stunt by its breathtaking smell. He also told me that the plant can regulate its temperature. Thanks for sharing and rated as interesting.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Kris Heeter. So nice to see you. I thought this flower was pretty amazing, too. I'd sure like to see it. Thanks so much for sharing my Hub, I appreciate that. Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi rebeccamealey, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my Hub about the Amorphophallus. Yes, I had never heard of this flower until my friend told me about it. Thanks for the nice compliment and for the share and votes!

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Very cool! I'm definitely putting this on my bucket list too. What an amazing specimen! I'm passing this on to my followers and friends on social media:)

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Amorphophallus! Lovely name. I enjoyed this. I am surprised that I have never heard of this before now. Great Hub, voted up and shared!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, ishwaryaa22. You certainly made my day with your beautiful comment on my Hub about the world's largest flower. Oh yes, I'd love to grow one of these monster plants: I can just see my neighbors now! Thanks so much for the votes, too. I appreciate that so much. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      An insightful and informative hub! This hub serves as an eye-opener about the unusual flower. After reading this engaging hub, I would like to go abroad and see this unique flower. I am surprised to read that you want to raise this enormous flower with your green thumb! All the best! Hats off to you for creating an extremely well-written and immaculately researched hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome and Interesting. Voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Rosemay50. I sure thought it was amazing when my friend told me about this flower. She remarked that it really smelled bad when she saw it, but I guess it has to for the flies to pollinate it. I agree: I think I'll stick to roses in my garden! Thanks so much for the votes. Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Jackie Lynnley, thanks so much for the nice comment and compliment on my Hub about the world's largest flower! Thanks, too, for the votes. I appreciate that so much.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What an amazing plant. I had no idea a plant this size existed. I would love to see it but melling like a corpse I would not actually want one in my garden. Lol

      Thank you Mary for this informative hub.

      Voted UP etc

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have see this just a couple of years ago (not for real) and had forgotten all about it! What a great hub idea! I don't know about taking photos of that! Without a helicopter anyway! Voted up and over for original, beautiful and fun! Very well done.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi snowdrops. Thanks for reading about the world's largest flower. I'm glad you found it amazing. It truly is. Wouldn't you just love to see it in person? I know I would. See you again soon...

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Oh My gosh! This is really really amazing! Wow, never thought a flower as big as this exist!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good morning, articlesocean. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment on the world's largest flower. Yes, it is pretty amazing. Thanks for the nice compliment on my work, and also for the votes! I hope you have a wonderful day.

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      Saira Sheikh 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Wow, I didn't know there is a flower like this, it so pretty. I wish i could go to this place and see the flower. Very informative hub! Voted up and interesting!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hey, cloverleaffarm, I'm so glad you found my Hub interesting and beautiful. I'm hoping I can see this huge flower in person some day. See you again, soon, I hope.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi livelonger. I agree, can you just imagine what the guy thought that first saw this huge Amorphophallus in bloom in the rainforest???? Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Goodnight.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Wow, that is just so cool, and so beautiful. Very interesting. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful information.

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, even as a flora lover, I think I'd be frightened if I happened to run across this gargantuan flower while roaming through the jungle. Thank you for sharing such fascinating pictures and information about it.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy W, I wonder how often the one at Houston Museum blooms? Some of the plants in Botanical Gardens are blooming every 3 years! I really want to see one of these Amorphophalus titaniums in bloom. Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub, and thanks so much for the votes and the share. I appreciate that. Yes, my friend says the smell was pretty bad!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I missed going to our local Museum of Natural Science when the "corpse flower" was in bloom. It was featured on our local Houston TV channels and apparently the smell is really bad. Certainly an interesting plant! Thanks for telling us more about it and thanks to your friend for being able to see these photos. Up, interesting and sharing this with my followers.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, stars439. Always good to see you! Thanks for reading about the world's largest flower. I'm glad you found it beautiful and amazing. I agree! Blessings back to you and yours today.

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very beautiful, and amazing . Thank you for sharing this. God Bless You.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I just looked up the Rafflesia arnoldii, and apparently it is the largest flower in diameter. I think the Amorphophallus titanium is larger in height, though. You one you mentioned can grow up to 3 feet across. It also has a stinky odor. Boy, I'm sure learning a lot about these monster flowers!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nettlemere, thanks for reading about the world's largest flower and for the comment. I'll have to look up the Rafflesia arnoldii. From all accounts and from the research I did, the Amorphophallus titanium gets the distinction of being the world's largest flower. Thanks for the info.

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Very interesting hub - there is another contender for biggest flower - Rafflesia arnoldii also known as corpse flower because like the arum it stinks to attract flies for pollen. I think it's probably smaller then the arum, but also have a feeling that purists discount the arum because biologically it's not a 'true' flower. (I might be wrong about that though.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Availliasvision, thanks for reading my Hub. Do you mean you want to play hide and seek this big flower? It sure wouldn't be hard to find, right?

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      Jennifer Arnett 5 years ago from California

      Mes me want to play hand and go seek in the garden

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi RTalloni, thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment my Hub. Yes, I will try and do more research on this beautiful flower. It just amazes me. I just can't imagine a flower this big! Bye for now....

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi alocsin, if you are lucky enough to get to see the Amorphopallus, please take lots of photos. It must be the most beautiful flower in the world. They do have one in Davis, Ca. as I mentioned. Maybe you could go there and see it. Thanks so much for reading and for the votes. I appreciate that.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Lesley, Oh I wish I could have seen that documentary on TV about the world's largest flower. I would so love to see it in person. Maybe, maybe.....Thanks for the nice compliment and the votes!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for highlighting this amazing flower with photos and information! I've read about it before but have learned more here. Maybe we'll get to hear from you again as you do more research on this parasitical plant with a huge bloom.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What an unusual flower -- I don't know that I'll ever had a chance to see it here in Southern California. But I'm often in Southeast Asia and will try to catch it there. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      A fabulous hub Mary, I saw this incredible plant featured in a documentary on the TV not long back - it's quite amazing.

      A big vote up from me, excellent work!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi tillsontitan. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on the largest flower in the world. Isn't it amazing?? Thanks for the nice compliment on my work on this Hub, and I do thank you for the votes! My next project will be to find out which botanical garden has one of these closest to where I live in Florida. I'd love to see one! I hope you have a wonderful day.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Who would've thought? This is truly amazing. I've never heard of this flower before but then I'm sure there's a lot in nature I've never heard of. You've done some great research and the video is very interesting. Truly a hub with original material. This was really something unexpected. Great job! Voted up and interesting. (I agree with the WOW button.)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, mckbirdbks. How nice to see you this morning! I'm so glad you enjoyed my Hub on the Amorphophallus titanium. I never thought of a WOW button, but that's a good idea. You just made my day! I hope you have a wonderful day.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, articlesking. Thanks for reading about the Amorphophallus titanium. Yes, I agree, it is a most amazing flower. Thanks for your very nice compliment on my Hub. Hope to see you again soon.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Thank you Mary. That is one tremendous flower. Thanks for sharing this amazing story. The photographs were just the right touch, and make this a WOW. Hubpages needs a WOW button.

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      articlesking 5 years ago from London

      what an amazing flower now this is what I call nature. You have written a very informative page and very interesting indeed.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi teaches12345. I agree, isn't this Amorphophallus titanium the most beautiful flower ever? Thanks for reading and commenting. I sure want to see this awesome flower some day. Goodnight.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Wow! what a beautiful plant and flower. I have never seen or heard of this before. I would love to see it up close some day.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi prasetio, my georgraphy is SO bad. Is Sumatra the same as Sumatera Island you mentioned? I have to look on a map. Aren't you from Indonesia? If you live near the rain forest, may you could see this flower! I wish I could see it. Thanks so much for the votes. I appreciate that so much. I'm going to get a map now. I just got the map, now I'm confused. It's showing Sumatra north of Indonesia. Is that right?Goodnight.