8 centimetres overnight! That’s how fast the huge flower on the Titan arum is growing at Melbourne’s RBG. Currently topping 150cm, it’s expected to flower on Christmas Eve or Day.
The Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanium), also known as Corpse Flower or Bunga Bangkai, is the world’s largest unbranched inflorescence (cluster of flowers), and will feature a stunning display of small flowers around its base. Currently growing at the rapid rate of 10+ centimetres per day, it is estimated that the plant will reach between 2-3 metres in height.
Usually pollinated by flies or beetles, the flowers of this giant aroid also give off a powerful fragrance upon opening – a smell much like a rotting corpse. You can find this monster flower at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens in the Tropical Glasshouse, open from 10am-4pm.