Wageningen loses record
The botanical garden in Bonn announced on 22 May that the flower of the
Titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum, had reached a height of 274 cm, thereby
setting a new world record.
This German example knocked the previous record holder off its pedestal,
the Wageningen Amorphophallus that had held the record since 1932, despite
‘only’ being 167 cm. Unfortunately there is nobody left in the
Biosystematics group who can remember the bloom that came from the jungle
of Sumatra. According to the Herbarium manager Folkert Aleva the flower
probably did not survive the Second World War. “Much of the greenhouse was
destroyed during the war. We knew that the flower bloomed here, but were
unaware that it held a record.