Largest Flower Amorphophallus Titanum Blooms Every 40 Yrs: Fact Check

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Largest Flower Amorphophallus Titanum Blooms Every 40 Yrs


See the Largest Flower Amorphophallus Titanum!
It blooms once every 40 years only for 4 days.

Amorphophallus Titanum (Corpse Plant), one of the largest flower in the world. It blooms once every 40 years only for 4 days.

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This flower in Mexico only blooms once every 40 years for 4 days. How magnificent is God’s creation!

The largest flower in the world is blossoming in the mountainous region of Rio Blanco, Veracruz, Mexico. Two meters high, it has the peculiarity of blooming only during four days every 40 years.

Fact Check:

Various messages in circulation online claim to show the Largest Flower Amorphophallus Titanum, which allegedly Blooms only Once in Every 40 Years. It is also said the rare and beautiful flower has bloomed in Mexico and will last only for 4 days. The picture does in fact show a rare flower Amorphophallus Titanum (also called Corpse Plant), but the mentioned details about it are not entirely true.

Image of Smelliest plant Amorphophallus titanum (Corpse plant)
Smelliest plant Amorphophallus titanum (Corpse plant)

Largest Flower Amorphophallus Titanum?

Amorphophallus titanum literally translates to “giant misshapen penis,” and it is also called Titan arum. It emits extremely foul smell (like rotten flesh) and named Corpse Flower. According to Guinness World Records website, the Tallest Bloom is the Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum). For example, a Titan arum flower grown by Louis Ricciardiello (USA) measured 3.1 m (10 ft 2.25 in) tall on 18 June 2010. Amorphophallus titanum is also considered the largest unbranched inflorescence. Notably, it’s distant relative Rafflesia arnoldii has a large single flower, which is the reason behind confusion.

Image of Large flower and buds of plant Rafflesia arnoldii
Large flower and buds of plant Rafflesia arnoldii

Amorphophallus titanum, interestingly, is also the world’s Smelliest plant. Humans cannot stand the foul smell of Corpse flower which spreads to nearly a kilometer. But the foul smell and some heat radiated by the plant attracts insect pollinators. Amorphophallus titanum is native to rainforests of Indonesia like Sumatra and Java, but successfully cultivated as a prized addition in botanical gardens around the world. In the video below, you can see a Corpse Flower Bloom at Cornell University in New York, USA.

Does Not Bloom Once Every Forty Years

Amorphophallus titanum is certainly a rare flower, but the claim that it only blooms once every forty years is not true. In general, the plant needs 7–10 years of vegetative growth before it can produce the first bloom. Then there can be considerable variation in its blooming frequency. While some plants may not bloom again for another 7–10 years, others bloom every 2-3 years. There are also incidents when the plant has bloomed back-to-back within a year. The bloomed flowers begin to wilt within twelve hours usually. However, some of the corpse flowers remain open for 24–48 hours or slightly more.

As far as the origin of photograph is concerned, it is not coming from Mexico like mentioned in the message. The photograph of Amorphophallus titanum was taken by photographer Lothar Grünz at Wilhelma Botanical and Zoological Gardens in Germany, back in 2005.

Update: 5th Jan. 2020

Similar to Rafflesia arnoldii, there’s another flower species Rafflesia tuan-mudae. Rafflesia arnoldii and Rafflesia tuan-mudae are considered among the world’s largest flowers. They can grow over 3 feet across in diameter and weigh up to 15 pounds. They are rare, parasitic plants with no visible leaves, roots or stem.

Image of Rafflesia tuan-mudae, one of the world's largest flowers
Rafflesia tuan-mudae, one of the world’s largest flowers

In early Jan. 2020, Indonesian conservationists said they have spotted the biggest specimen of Rafflesia tuan-mudae at Agam Conservation Agency in Sumatra. The fleshy red flower with white blister-like spots on its enormous petals measured a whopping 111 centimeters (3.6 feet) in diameter. Reportedly, the flower’s bloom will only last for about one week before it will wither and rot.

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