The City of Hamilton Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse has a large Corpse Flower corm, also known as Titan arum that has a huge shoot that has emerged.
Is it a Flower or is it a Leaf
It is one of the world’s largest and rarest flowering structures and it is currently growing more than an inch a day. Staff are excitingly anticipating – will it grow into a giant stinky flower or will it be a leaf for this year? It’s extremely hard to tell if a titan arum is going to flower as the inflorescence (a group of flowers) and leaf bud have very similar characteristics.
The corm was gifted to the Tropical Greenhouse from Niagara Parks in August of 2019 and is Named “Kramer”.
Latest Video Update:
Update March 17, 2021: Watch a timelapse video of Kramer's growth!
Fun Facts about Corpse Flowers:
At its fastest will grow 15-18 cm a day
The Giant Bloom of the Titan arum is typically between 1-8-2.4 m tall and blooms only for 24 – 48 hours
The massive flower is best known for its foul-smelling inflorescence which is likened to ‘rotting flesh’. The odor arises from the flower to attract carrion-eating insects and flesh flies carrying pollen.
The scent is strongest at night when these insects are active, especially the first night.
It takes between 5 – 8 years for a corm to produce a flower
The Corpse flower was first discovered in Sumatra, Indonesia in 1878. Its conservation status is considered ‘vulnerable’ due to the threat of deforestation as 72% of the original rainforests in Indonesia have been cleared.
The Corpse Flower is in the Araceae family which also contains the Peace Lily, Calla Lily, Caladium and Elephants Ear.
The Gage Park Greenhouse is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4 pm.
Watch Kramer Grow:
Greenhouse staff have been photographing and documenting Kramer's growth since January 28, 2021:
Update February 17: Greenhouse staff are saying there is a lingering smell of dirty socks as Kramer gets closer to blooming.
Source: Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse Staff
Check back frequently for updates on Kramer's progress.