First Successful Hybrid of “Corpse Flower” Blooms at Gardens By The Bay

The first successful Amorphophallus ‘John Tan’, a hybrid of Amorphophallus titanum, is blooming now at Gardens By The Bay.
Amorphophallus John Tan Closeup
The Amorphophallus titanum, also known as Corpse Flower, produces one of the largest flowers in the world that emits a foul smell similar to decaying meat. It originates from Sumatra, Indonesia. The Amorphophallus ‘John Tan’ is a hybrid between the Amorphophallus titanum and the Amorphophallus variabilis. The Amorphophallus variabilis, found in Indonesia and the Philippines, is reportedly a food source in Java. Its flower produces a durian-like smell to attract pollinators.
Named in honour of Singaporean Mr John Tan Jiew Hoe for his generous support of the Amorphophallus hybridisation programme, the Amorphophallus ‘John Tan’ is a cross between the Amorphophallus titanum and the Amorphophallus variabilis. It is known to grow at a rate of about 9 cm per day and its flowering is unpredictable.
Amorphophallus John Tan with staff of Gardens by the Bay
The hybrid at Gardens by the Bay – a first in Singapore – measured 205 cm at time of flowering. Donated by Mr John Tan, it is currently on display in the “Cloud Forest” cooled conservatory and its flower is estimated to last for about 2-3 days only.

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