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Rare titan arum plant blooms in OEB greenhouse

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  • Titan arum plant getting ready to bloom in the Teaching Plant Collection of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Notice the 6-inch pen in the pot for scale. June 30, 2010.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan arum plant inflorescence growing rapidly. Notice the 12-inch ruler in the pot for scale. July 2, 2010.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan arum plant 5 days later. It has almost doubled in size. July 7, 2010.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan arum plant 3 days later. July 10, 2010.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan arum plant 1 day later. The massive inflorescence begins to open. July 11, 2010, 4pm.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan arum plant rotated to face the camera. July 11. 2010, 4pm.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan Arum plant later that same day. July 11. 2010, 10pm.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan Arum inflorescence. July 11, 2010, 10pm, angled view.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan Arum inflorescence. July 11, 2010, 10pm, close up.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan Arum inflorescence beginning to close. July 12, 2010, noon.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan Arum inflorescence. July 13, 2010, 6am.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan Arum inflorescence. July 13, 2010, 9pm.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan Arum inflorescence, completely closed on July 14, 2010, 2pm.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan Arum inflorescence has been cut for herbarium specimen preparation. July 14, 2010.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan Arum flowers, close up. The female flowers are the reddish hooks in the bottom half, and the male flowers are the multitudes of whitish bumps above.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman

  • Titan Arum cut inflorescence being prepared in the HUH lab. July 14, 2010.
    Photo: Douglas H. Goldman