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  Number of A. titanums in existence.
From: Don Martinson <llmen at wi.rr.com> on 2010.01.10 at 14:28:12(20454)
The A. titanum at our local museum in Milwaukee is about to bloom.

http://www.mpm.edu/exhibitions/featured/titan-arum/2010/

An article in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel stated :

> The museum's corpse flower, which has never bloomed before, has its roots in
> Sumatra, and only about 140 of the plants are known to exist in the world,
> according to Neil Luebke, curator of botany at the museum and the stinky
> plant's guardian.

While I realize they aren't selling these at K-Mart as yet, the figure of
140 seems rather low to me, at least when you add in all the smaller tubers
that seem to be available (at least for a price) as of late.

Is this truly an accurate guess as to the number of titanums in existence?

Don Martinson

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From: "plantguy at zoominternet.net" <plantguy at zoominternet.net> on 2010.01.11 at 09:07:16(20455)
Hi Don,

I'm sure he meant to say that perhaps 150 have flowered in cultivation
rather than what he erroneously said. This is surely one of the more
common species offered every year on ebay at this point in time thanks
primarily to one seller who offers both huge tubers and large numbers of
seed (I believe it is Tindara or something like that).

Some day I'd like to see one bloom in person, but it would need to be a
pretty close drive to convince me to go.

Lets all hope the cold comes to an end soon,

Dan

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From: "StroWi at t-online.de" <StroWi at t-online.de> on 2010.01.11 at 09:35:53(20456)
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From: "Weaver, Bill" <bill.weaver at hp.com> on 2010.01.11 at 10:37:44(20458)
I'd say very low. Someone had put together a list of known blooms after mine bloomed in 2004 and it was bloom number 92.
1400 might be closer.

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From: "E.Vincent Morano" <ironious2 at yahoo.com> on 2010.01.11 at 13:56:27(20460)
Ive had in my possession and sold over 70 of these titanium tubers. The person I got them from had over 3,000 plants. It was EGF Orchids. In fact they still have a few. So to say the least, those numbers are just slightly off :-)

I refuse to participate in the in the recession.

--- On Sun, 1/10/10, Don Martinson wrote:

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From: "Tony Avent" <tony at plantdelights.com> on 2010.01.11 at 15:59:59(20461)
Don:

Since we have sold 672 A. titanums since 2000, I'd say the number is
slightly low....unless they know that 532 of them have died.

> The A. titanum at our local museum in Milwaukee is about to bloom.
>
> http://www.mpm.edu/exhibitions/featured/titan-arum/2010/
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> An article in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel stated :
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From: Susan B <honeybunny442 at yahoo.com> on 2010.01.12 at 10:13:43(20463)
He might have meant blooming size plants.

--- On Mon, 1/11/10, Tony Avent wrote:

From: Tony Avent

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From: "Steve Hatfield" <moondogman at comcast.net> on 2010.01.14 at 07:00:00(20471)
“Since we have sold 672 A. titanums since 2000, I'd say thenumber is
slightly low....unless they know that 532 of them have died.”

With the luck ive had with the 5 I have tried (None from Tony) thatcould be a good possibility. :>)

Steve

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