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From: "Plantsman" plantsman at prodigy.net> on 2001.06.13 at 16:05:08(6708)
Has anyone noticed today how big this Titan has gotten? 98.5 inches
as of today and it's not yet unfurled! Does anyone know how this
compares in height to ones that have flowered elsewhere in the past?

David Sizemore

From: "Ron Iles" roniles at eircom.net> on 2001.06.14 at 03:15:08(6725)
Dear Sid & Phil.

Ninety Eight POINT FIVE inches? And still unfurling? This MUST be this
years ultimate! What's its circumference? You must be very proud of it.
Should there be an Annual Prize in the IAS Newletter for the largest & the
stinkiest? Could we line 'em up and have a World Mr. Member Contest?

Yours inexcessively

From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 2001.06.14 at 03:17:31(6735)
Check out this web site, its an article from Science Now posted on an
affliate web site (sans images, unfortunately)


The UW flowering ranks among the top 5 largest flowerings recorded in
cultivation. The last measurements I saw on the UW web site indicated that
this flowering equaled the historic 1937 flowering at NY Botanic Garden, the
very first flowering in the US (256.5 cm). There was an equally huge
flowering last summer at Bonn that was documented as only slightly taller
(257 cm) than the NY flowering. Aside from these three monsters, there was
the all time biggie at Wageningen (NL) in 1932 - 267 cm, and the second
largest at Kebun Raya Bogor in 1924 - 261 cm.

The article link above states that the UW flowering was the world's largest
"cultivated" bloom, I think they meant to say that this was the largest ever
flowered from a seed grown cultivated plant. Bonn's plant was grown from
tissue culture, all other "big ones" flowered from imported or transplanted
wild collected tubers.

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