Two titan arums, with their odor of rotting flesh, will soon deploy their corollas at the National Botanical Garden of Meise. The show, which lasts only 72 hours, nevertheless attracts crowds.
The titan arum was discovered in 1878 on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The botanical garden of Meise currently has twelve specimens of this rare plant, most of which are from the botanical garden of Bonn. This is the sixth and seventh time since 2008 that blooms have occured in Meise.
“It is still unclear when the flowering will begin,” explains Koen Es, the garden spokesperson. “It depends mainly on the changing weather conditions, and we expect that the first bloom should take place on Easter weekend, and if the two blooms follow one another in a short period of time, the possibility exists that we can fertilise one plant with the pollen of the other and increase our collection in this way. “