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  A. titanum bloom in Indonesia
From: Al Wootten <awootten at nrao.edu> on 2004.03.16 at 10:14:46(11277)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/indonesia_stinky_flower

The Amorphophallus titanum - known locally as a "carcass
flower" for the stench its bulbs emit upon opening - blossomed
Thursday at the Cibodas Botanical Garden in Bogor.

The flower, one of the largest and smelliest in the world, comes
from the rain forests of Sumatra island, and typically grows to
more than 9 feet tall.

Officials at the garden on the southern outskirts of the capital
Jakarta claimed this particular flower reached a height of 9.5 feet
- a new record as the tallest Amorphophallus titanum.

Inhale...

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From: "Bryant, Susan L." <SLBryant at scj.com> on 2004.03.16 at 12:48:15(11278)
Cool!
Here are a few more links. It appears it was not expected to open- visitors
threw rocks at the spadix and injured it.
http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/latest/story/0,4390,240018,00.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailweekly.asp?fileid 040313.@04

Susan

From: piaba <piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2004.03.16 at 13:15:39(11279)
just a small point... i think they may have gotten the
location wrong. cibodas is a separate BG from the one
in bogor, i believe cibodas is higher up in the
mountain (and further east) and grows mostly cooler
growing plants. i'd think the titanum are grown in
the bogor garden. does anyone know?

tsuh yang

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From: "danny wilson" <mudwasp_ at hotmail.com> on 2004.03.16 at 17:10:21(11282)
What kind of jackass would throw rocks at an A. titanum...... That doesnt look like 9.5 feet to me, its like closer to 6.....-Danny Wilson
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From: "Derek Burch" <derek at horticulturist.com> on 2004.03.16 at 17:45:41(11284)
Very short jackasses to whom the plant may look huge? The writer of the
original article wasn't too swift either. Derek

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From: "danny wilson" <mudwasp_ at hotmail.com> on 2004.03.16 at 19:48:56(11286)
haha, i was just thinking taht same thing tonight while out for dinner. I think we may be on to something... Maybe they were really short and noone told them. Maybe everyone said they were normal sized and the people telling them that are 10 feet tall..-Danny Wilson
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From: <pmdes at ionet.co.za> on 2004.03.17 at 10:21:21(11289)
Hi Everybody,
I was in Cibodas a few years ago. They had a few Amorphs growing there. I
cant remember what exactly they were.
Cibodas is higher up in the mountain and a bit cooler as well than Bogor.
Peter Wunderlin
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From: piaba <piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2004.03.17 at 11:56:22(11290)
peter, thanks for confirming that i'm not crazy and
there are indeed two gardens. when at bogor in 1997,
i saw various large A. titanum, one in full leaf over
6 ft tall (180 cm), and one huge flower bud, but not
open yet.

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