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Amorphophallus Titanum is a group of plants from genus Amorphophallus which is also a member of the family Araceae. The most well known type of giant carrion flower inside tropical rainforests of Sumatra.

Amorphophallus Titanum


Many people often assume carrion flower is one type only, whereas there are 170 species of carrion flowers worldwide. What's worse, even many people also equates the Amorphophallus with Rafflesia flower. The Amorphophallus and the Rafflesia flower are two different types.

Amorphophallus derived from Ancient Greek language "Amorphous" which means "without a clearly defined shape or form" and "phallos" which means penis.

Amorphophallus is a lowland plant that grows in tropical and subtropical regions from west Africa to the Pacific Islands, including in Indonesia. Mostly carrion flowers are endemic. Amorphophallus experiences two phases during its life that take place alternately and continuously, they're the vegetative phase and generative phase.

Amorphophallus Titanum blooming period is not long, maximum 10 days, then it will turn to the resting phase before the decay process and after the decay process it will turn to the last vegetative phase. It takes 4 to 7 years for Amorphophallus Titanum to re-bloom and will also be influenced so much by the factors such as air temperature and soil humidity.

There are about 170 species of Amorphophallus. Well-known species in Indonesia include: Amorphophallus Titanum, Amorphophallus Gigas (Sumatra), Amorphophallus Decussilvae (Western Java), Amorphophallus Beccarii; Amorphophallus Campanulatus; Amorphophallus Oncophyllus (Sunda).

The picture above is an Amorphophallus Titanum that found by team of Batu Katak Ecotourism led by Darwin Ginting, the owner of Orchid Bungalow. Orchid Bungalow is located in Batu Katak ecotourism area, situated 8 km from Bohorok, Langkat regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Batu Katak is also bordering Gunung Leuser National Park. This brilliant ecotourism idea come from local community's commitment to stop logging around the border of Gunung Leuser National Park in Batu Katak.

On November, 2013, Darwin Ginting and his team started to build Orchid Bungalow. Darwin told me "I believe our ecotourism program in Batu Katak will be able to stop logging around the border of Gunung Leuser National Park, because we offers them new livelihood from ecotourism activities".

Batu Katak Ecotourism area is well-known with rare flowers such as Rafflesia, Amorphophallus Titanum and Amorphophallus Gigas. Their soil moisture has become a comfort place for various reptiles such as king cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah) and pythons.

Amorphophallus Titanum can grow when its tuber weight reached 4 kg. Height of Amorphophallus Titanum can reach about 4 meters with a diameter about 1.5 meters. It made this plan become the world largest's carrion flower.

Amorphophallus Titanum
(Kingdom: Plantae, Order: Alismatales, Family: Araceae, Subfamily: Aroideae, Tribe: Thomsonieae, Genus: Amorphophallus, Species: Amorphophallus Titanum).

Rafflesia Arnoldii

Batu Katak alongside its wonderful natures offer the various rare plants and animals, many times I visited this place always make me want to come back again to see what's the new wonderful things they can show it up to me. You can contact me via our contact form or email info@bukitlawang.asia and mobile number in +6287853471606 to book tour packages in Batu Katak that will be led by Darwin and his adventure team.