There has been a lot of excitement surrounding a bud that was produced by Titan Arum at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland and staff members have confirmed that the bud is indeed a flower that will bloom fully in a few weeks.
The Titan Arum at the botanic garden produced the bud several weeks ago and it has recently been growing at a few inches a day. However, until Friday experts at the garden weren’t sure if the anticipation would be rewarded with a 48-hour blossom.
Dubbed as the corpse flower because of its odour of rotting flesh it uses to attract insects for pollinating, the flower will be the star attraction when it is at its peak bloom.
“Our Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum), one of the world’s biggest and smelliest blooms, is set to flower”, said a spokeswoman. “It’s a first for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and for Scotland.”
The spokeswoman also confirmed that when the flower will fully bloom, they will keep the garden option from 9 in the morning till 9 in the evening.
For those of you who are not aware about the origins of the plant, it basically is from the rainforest in western Sumatra, Indonesia, and lives on steep hillsides. The plant corm was gifted to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2003 by Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, Netherlands.