Rare Titan Arum flowers in Kerala

Posted in Guest experiences on Monday, July 25th, 2016

Suprabha, on behalf of the plant conservation team at Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary reports that for the first time in India, the Titan Arum (pictured below just before the flower emerged) has flowered at the Sanctuary.
The world's largest unbranched inflorescence is produced by Amorphophallus titanum, also called the Corpse Flower, a tuberous aroid native to Sumatra. “We have been carefully nurturing one at GBS for 8 years. The Titan Arum flowers only once in 8 or 10 years, reaching a height of 2 metres in about 2 weeks, growing more than 5 cm a day,” Suprabha explained.

The Sanctuary can be visited from the Village Ways Mothakkara village in northern Kerala, about 1.5 hours drive, and is a delight for any guests who are interested in botany and horticulture. It showcases some of the extraordinary diversity of plant life from the Western Ghats hills, as well as exotic overseas visitors such as the Titan Arum!
Keith Virgo