Titan Arum in Bloom During Corona Crisis

(21-05-2020) Titan arum 'Anne' in the Botanical Garden is blooming for a second time in a short period of time. The bloom can only be viewed through Youtube live stream.

What You Should Know

Here is everything you need to know about the titan arum that is currently blooming:

  • Latin name: Amorphophallus titanum.
  • The titan arum in bloom is named 'Anne', in honor of our former rector Anne De Paepe.
  • The bloom of a titan arum takes place over the span of two evenings.
  • Titan arums in the wild are only found in the rainforests of Sumatra (Indonesia) and are on the red list of endangered species.
  • The plant emits an intense 'fragrance' of rotting flesh in order to attract carrion flies for pollination. Don't worry though, you won't notice the smell in the live stream ;-).


The bloom of the titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) takes place over the spans of two evenings. The first evening the female flowers bloom and on the second evening the male ones. It emits a fragrance of rotting flesh to attract carrion flies for pollination.

Titan arums in the wild only grow in the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. The species has been put on the red list of endangered species. Several botanical gardens cultivate the plant in their collection. Despite the awful smell, people always flock to the plant to see it in bloom. Data about the bloom of our plant is meticulously kept and passed on to the Plant Conservation Science Center (Chicago Botanical Gardens, USA) for further scientific research.

The plant is expected to fully bloom during the course of the coming week. However, it is difficult to predict when exactly. Due to corona visits to the Botanical Garden are currently not allowed but, as before, the bloom can be viewed through the live stream below!

Check out the live stream here

Live stream not working right? Find it here on Youtube.