Amorphophallus titanum

The Corps Flower in the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen

Ever since 2012, an enormous flower – and an intense smell of rotting flesh – has been filling the Palm House of the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen. The Corps Flower, Amorphophallus titanum, is known for having the world's largest single inflorescence. This plant is endangered in the wild but can be experienced in Copenhagen, far away from its natural habitat in Sumatra in Indonesia. 

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Timelapse: A camera followed the growth of the Armorphophallus titanum, in the Palm House at the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen, from 1 July until July 16 2014. Watch the inflorescence grow. 

What you need to know about the Corps Flower


Experience a superb specimen of this emblematic plant

Blooming-events of the Corps Flower are extremely rare in the wild – up to 15 years can pass by between each bloom during the plant’s lifetime of approximately 40 years. However, the Amorphophallus titanum of the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen is an outstanding example as it has bloomed every second year since 2012!


The Corps Flower you can experience in the Palm House is a gift from the Botanical Garden in Bonn, which the museum received in 2003.

Attracting pollinators by imitating a dead animal

There is a very good reason why the Amorphophallus titanum is commonly known as the Corps Flower because its strategy to attract pollinators is to imitate rotting flesh.


When blooming, the gigantic inflorescence can grow up to 10 centimeter a day before the plant unfolds its leaf sheath, releasing a characteristic smell of a decaying animal. Nevertheless, this is not the Corps Flower’s only strategy to succeed pollination. When the leaf sheath unfolds, it reveals an impressive color of deep purple and red, and the plant reaches a temperature of 37 degrees Celcius. All of which attract the rainforest’s pollinators from up to 8 kilometers away.

Address

Natural History Museum of Denmark
The Palm House
in the
 Botanical Garden
Gothersgade 128
1123 Copenhagen K

Opening hours and admission

Admission

Adults: DKK 60
Children (3-17 years): DKK 40
Children (0-2 years): Free
Students (with student-ID): DKK 40
Season pass: Free entrance with a season pass to the museum

Tickets are bought at the Palm House in the Botanical Garden.