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New Reekie – a toast to the titan arum

…the wine produced by the decendants of the plants discoverer – Odoardo Beccari. The ‘Titanum’ wine produced by the Beccari family, whose ancestor, Odoardo, discovered the titan arum. After graduating…

Titan Arum growth – 15th July to 16th August 2011

This is a film of when our Amorphophallus titanum grew a leaf back in 2011. https://youtu.be/2hJwzkf5cpU…

Latest stories on Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum)

…to how we can help our plant, fondly called New Reekie,… Amorphophallus titanum – Preserving it for posterity The flowering of our Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum) was a tremendous event…

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…reflect their specialised means of attracting pollinators. In fact, the Indonesian name of the titan arum “bunga bangkai” actually translates as corpse flower. The titan arum supercharges its smell at…

Scent of seduction

…sensitive sense of smell. Arisaema is another carrion flower in the same family as titan arum. This specialisation in the pollination of titan arum has inspired us to carry out…

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Titan arum growing wild in Sumatra, Indonesia….

New Reekie – growing the largest flower head in the world

Tip of the titan arum flower bud showing the emergence of the yellow spadix (15th June). Being the largest flower head is one of the titan arum’s claims to fame….

New Reekie – power plant

…Image: copyright SRUC. Titan arum at 7pm on 26th June showing a more open spathe and cooler surrounding vegetation. Image: copyright SRUC. Titan arum at 10.32pm on 26th June showing…

New Reekie – in the heat of the moment

A small army of staff and volunteers, dubbed the ‘Titan Arum Army’, is sweltering alongside New Reekie to help explain this extraordinary tropical plant to visitors. However, heat is a…

New Reekie – meet the family

…sweet-flag (Acorus), skunk-cabbage (Lysichiton), bog arum (Calla) and dragon arum (Dracunculus). Dragon arum (Dracunculus). Image: P. Pickaert. Bog arum (Calla). Image: Borealis55. Sweet-flag (Acorus). Image: Christian Fischer. Skunk-cabbage (Lysichiton) photographed…

What’s that whiff?

…an animal dies. Bodies can be reduced to clean skeletons in a matter of days in some cases. The trick successfully pulled off by the titan arum, and other ‘corpse…

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Amorphophallus titanum – Preserving it for posterity

New Reekie at its peak The flowering of our Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum) was a tremendous event with c 19,000 people visiting the Glasshouses to see the plant growing from…

It’s Opening Now! (2015)

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Our Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum), one of the world’s biggest and smelliest blooms, is now in full flower. It’s a first for…

An 1850s major visitor attraction and other historical Garden wildlife records

…insect (the phasmid Phyllium bioculatum, illustrated above) that, for about a year-and-a-half in the mid-1850s, proved to be as much of an RBGE ‘visitor attraction’ as the Titan Arum (Amorphophallus…

CakeFest

…Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop with RBGE’s very own Vlasta Jamnicky and her marvellous cakey titan arum The completed cake map, being admired by the crowds before they all started gobbling…

June 2019 Garden Wildlife Report

…which was attracted by the foul scent of the Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum) that flowered again in the glasshouses in June 2019 (overnight, 23rd/24th). June’s other new Garden beetle record…

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Titan arum bud on the 10th June.

RBGE 1970-2020

…and the famous titan arum. Jimmy’s article also details the expeditions of the Garden’s most famous and prolific collector, George Forrest, and the acquisition of diverse collections at Benmore and…

Lowland Tropics House

…our Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum) that flowered for the first time in Scotland in 2015; You can read more about this plant here Chilean TerraceNext: Previous: Montane Tropics House  …