Thursday, February 2, 2012

Amorphophallus titanum in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia

Amorphophallus titanum in Bengkulu Botanical Garden 



Tuber of Amorphophallus titanum

Amorphophallus titanum plant

About to bloom

Full bloom

Those photos above were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. If the reader looking for the largest flower in the world using Google images you will find out that there are two kinds of flowers will be displayed. One is Rafflesia arnoldii and another one is Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum). Actually the largest flower in the world is Rafflesia arnoldii, while Titan Arum is known as the largest unbranched inflorescence flower in the world. For those two giant flowers, the name of  Bengkulu should have been known to botanists since in this Province in Indonesia those two flowers are endemic to.  


Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Monocots
Order:Alismatales
Family:Araceae
Subfamily:Aroideae
Tribe:Thomsonieae
Genus:Amorphophallus
Species:A. titanum
Binomial name
Amorphophallus titanum


Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amorphophallus_titanum
Photo 1, and 2 are courtesy of Dinas Kehutanan Provinsi Bengkulu (Forestry Service of Bengkulu Province)

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