Titan Arum

A third exciting bloom at the Biological Sciences Greenhouse in 2013!

Scarlet opened August 23, 2013


OSU Titan Arums

A Titan Arum family photo.
"Scarlet" (in bloom), "Maudine" in fruit, "Jesse" emerging leaf,
and on the left seedlings from "Jesse" and "Woody" cross.
"Woody" specimen is dormant so not in photo.

Media Inquiries: Sandi Rutkowski rutkowski.1@osu.edu or 292-4759

August 23, 2013 height 66.5" BLOOM!!
Patience is virtue. Only a small increase in height since yesterday and the edge of the spathe is not as tight though it has not yet started to pull away.
OSU Titan Arum on August 23, 2013


August 22, 2013 height 66.25"
Now we are just waiting and watching. We can detect a slight odor at the edge of the spathe.
OSU Titan Arum on August 22, 2013


August 21, 2013 height 64.5"
Will it bloom today? There is a chalky residue on the stalk which indicates it will bloom very soon.
OSU Titan Arum on August 21, 2013


August 19, 2013 height 60.5" (+15.75" since Thursday)
Growth is beginning to slow which means bloom will open just days from now.

OSU Titan Arum on August 19, 2013

August 15, 2013 height 43.75" (+4.75 since yesterday)
Notice how much darker the spadix (central spike) has become.

OSU Titan Arum on August 15, 2013

August 14, 2013 height 39" (+4.75 since yesterday)

OSU Titan Arum on August 14, 2013


August 13, 2013 height 34.25" (+4.25" since yesterday)
You can see the orange spike of the forming fruits on our specimen "Maudine" in the background.

OSU Titan Arum on August 13, 2013