The Titan Arum is Opening!

Posted on April 27th, 2007 by

Alex measures the plant on April 26 (first photo). Later that evening, Alex and Emily made the first sighting of the spathe (second photo, taken approximately 8:30 on April 27).

See the Titan Arum webcam for a live look at the plant. The image is renewed at five-minute intervals.2-alex-spathe1st.jpg



  1. Emily Pelton says:

    This plant is, nearly undoubtedly, the most magnificent thing I have ever seen. I was wondering how much larger it is expected to grow, because even in twenty-four hours it has, at least to my eyes, grown much more than I expected. I am also using this post to remind us of our need for T-shirts to commemorate this incredible, awe-inspiring event.

  2. Joe Linn says:

    I’ve always wanted to see one of these in bloom! I’d like to drive from the Twin Cities to see it when it opens. Where is it (I’m not familiar with the Gustavus Adolpus campus) and what hours will the building be open for viewing?

  3. Nancy Whiteside says:

    Emily, Joe and I are watching the progress of your plant. It truly is an wonderful experience. I e-mailed the site to several people you know, so hopefully you will receive some messages regarding your experiment. Keep up the good observation skills.

    Hugs, Nana and Joe

  4. Brian says:

    Thanks for your comment. We plan for a public showing at least during the period of peak flowering. The logistics are being worked out. Check the main Gustavus website periodically, along with this blog. We will post details as the plan evolves.

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