Titan Arums at the UC Botanical Garden


1878— Titan Arum, Amorphophallus titanum, discovered in Sumatra, Indonesia by Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari

1994— James Symon of San Francisco collects Titan Arum seeds on the Indonesian island of Sumatra

1995— The Garden receives Titan Arum seeds from Symon

The Garden has enjoyed 9 titan arum blooms since 2005 and traditionally each was given a nickname.

2005— Trudy, 7/15/2005, 5ft, 6”. This plant was a ‘sibling’ of our collection raised locally by Bill Weaver, and loaned to the Garden for its bloom. It rebloomed in 2009 & 2012.

2007— Titania, 8/6/2007, 6ft. This plant was pollinated with pollen from Trudy. It set seed which was harvested in spring 2008.

2008— Odora, 6/29/2008, 44”

2008— Odoardo, 7/15/2008, 54”

2009— Tiny, 7/5/2009, 35”

2009— Trudy, 7/14/2009, 71”. UC Berkeley physicists experimented with an atomic magnetometer to measure possible biomagnetism of Trudy’s flower stalk. Further information on this topic can be found HERE.

2010— Maladora, 6/29/2010, 45”. The name Maladora was chosen in a contest for the wonderful play on the malodiferous; it’s an adorable malodor.

2010— Little Stinker, 7/16/2010, 34” (pollination failed)

2015— Trudy, 7/26/2015

2017— Maladora