The Cultivation of Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum) :

a Flagship Species for Botanic Gardens

  • Wolfram Lobin Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 171, D-53115 Bonn
  • Michael Neumann Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 171, D-53115 Bonn
  • Markus Radscheit Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 171, D-53115 Bonn
  • Wilhelm Barthlott Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 171, D-53115 Bonn

Abstract

One of the most exciting plant species is the Titan Arum, Amorphophallus titanum, which can truly be regarded as a flagship species for botanic gardens. Wild populations suffer from an increasing pressure on their natural habitat, but botanic gardens can play an important role in the ex-situ conservation of the species. The cultivation of A. titanum is not easy but it offers an irresistible challenge for any keen horticulturist. The University of Bonn Botanic Gardens (Germany) has more than seventy years of experience in the cultivation of this giant and the purpose of this paper is to help the botanic garden community to achieve success in the cultivation of this fascinating plant.

Author Biographies

Wolfram Lobin, Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 171, D-53115 Bonn
Wolfram Lobin is Curator of the University of Bonn Botanical Gardens
Michael Neumann, Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 171, D-53115 Bonn
Michael Neumann is a horticulturist at the University of Bonn Botanic Gardens and is responsible for Amorphophallus titanum
Markus Radscheit, Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 171, D-53115 Bonn
Wilhelm Barthlott is Director of the University of Bonn Botanic Gardens and of the Nees-Institute for Biodiversity of Plants
Wilhelm Barthlott, Botanische Gärten der Universität Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 171, D-53115 Bonn
Director of the University of Bonn Botanic Gardens and  the Nees-Institute for Biodiversity of Plants
Published
2007-10-31
How to Cite
Lobin, W., Neumann, M., Radscheit, M., & Barthlott, W. (2007). The Cultivation of Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum) :. Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (5), 69-86. https://doi.org/10.24823/Sibbaldia.2007.8
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Articles