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  Re: [Aroid-l] Titan Arum #3 for RBG Melbourne - March 2015
From: Jeremy P <drplantman at gmail.com> on 2015.03.15 at 00:27:51

I agree Bill - pretty sure the crew at the RBGM will wait til this one has died off (or well on the way) and then take a careful measurement. Begs the question though, given the tuber all but disintegrates when in leaf, does anyone know if how much reduction there typically is when these guys flower? Guess I'll hassle the staff for a weigh in result when all's said and done!

Dropped past today (March 15th) and it's closing up already:


On 15 March 2015 at 07:13, Weaver, Bill (NorCal DCIS Team Lead) <bill.weaver@hp.com> wrote:

I've always measured from the top of the soil. Trying to measure any lower could be problematical.....

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From: Jeremy P

Date: Sat, Mar 14, 2015 9:29 AM

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Subject:Re: [Aroid-l] Titan Arum #3 for RBG Melbourne - March 2015

....and we're live! Latest pics as of 9am March 14th, in pretty much full glory:


2.61m from soil to tip, so no world record breaker, but up there in good company - the word on the street says the record holders are measured inc the sub-soil measure to the top of the tuber... can anyone confirm or deny this for me?


Jeremy P

On 9 March 2015 at 16:00, Jeremy P <drplantman@gmail.com> wrote:

The official news, as of March 8th:

"Growing another 15cm overnight, our Titan Arum now towers over the other tropical plants from a height of 2m 15cm!! Still not quite ready to flower just yet. It is fast catching up to a Titan called 'Phyllis' that flowered at Cairns Botanic Gardens in 2014 -measuring 2.3m this (as far as we know) is the tallest ever recorded in Australia....for now. The Tropical Glasshouse is open today and tomorrow 10am-4pm." The RBGM pic that went with it:


My rather more unofficial update:

Titan Watch -- update, March 9th, 3pm: No fragrance; more visitors than previously (to be expected, Public Holiday here and all); no height measurement today, conservative guesstimate of 221cm; definite bulking up of the base; fringe of the spathe beginning to colour up nicely:


Couple of retrospective pics added to the album too, for posterity (and humour); My two bobs is on movement late Tuesday, full power fragrance and opening Wednesday; or maybe movement Wednesday, and nasal assault + visual feast on Thursday... well... we'll see!
Full album:

On 6 March 2015 at 19:46, Jeremy P <drplantman@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Bernard,

Thanks, and I agree - somehow I think I'll never quite get over the pleasure of one of these guys doing its thing :) Will try to keep you updated to shorten the distance!

For those who have access, the RBGM is using Facebook to post regularly (https://www.facebook.com/BotanicGardensMelbourne?fref=3Dnf), and for those who don't there's always the always the slightly behind real-time blog: http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/news/titan-arum-to-bloom-again).

I'll aim for another update over the weekend.


On 2 March 2015 at 19:13, StroWi@t-online.de <StroWi@t-online.de> wrote:

Hi Jeremy,


a very nice flower bud - unfortunately somehow too far to travel.......


Thx for posting, still always nice to see pics of new flowering events of the titan arum.


Best, Bernhard.



Betreff: [Aroid-l] Titan Arum #3 for RBG Melbourne - March 2015

Datum: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:15:01 +0100

Von: Jeremy P <drplantman@gmail.com>

An: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>, Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com>


Hi Aroidophiles,

I suspect the frequency of Titan's doing their thing has reduced the notification rate I've come across here of late, but nonetheless it's still pretty exciting to see another in the flesh!

I dropped past today and nabbed a pic (posted on G+) so opening can't be too far away now. The inside word is growth is averaging around 10cm per 24hrs and the sheaths have begun to part when I saw it today.

Always nice to have another one of these terrific plants show us just how happy it is!

Let me know if you'd like more updates as it progresses!

(past Horticulturalist @ RBG)


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