The Return of the Titan 2001

USDA testing
Elena Schnell, Agricultural Research Service of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), uses new techniques to collect volatiles for chemical composition research of the fragrance. May 15, 2001
Young artist and Garden member, Katie Martin, captures the fleeting Amorphophallus titanum. May 17, 2001
Onlooker holds her nose, May 15
Spadix and spathe
Amorphophallus titanum, base exterior detail
Amorphophallus titanum, spadix detail, May 17
Amorphophallus titanum, spathe moves away from spadix
May 14, 2001, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Amorphophallus paeoniifolius leaf form foreground, Amorphophallus titanum inflorescence in background
May 13
Craig applies pollen as cameras of every shape and size roll. His carrion beetle was fashioned from a common yardstick and a camel hair brush.
May 15, 2001, 10:00 a.m., 80 1/4 inches
Amorphophallus titanum in full bloom
Photo: Reggie Whitehead
May 14, 2001, 10:30 p.m. EDT, 79 1/2 inches
Amorphophallus titanum comes in to full bloom, and stinks beyond belief, after dark.
Photo: Suzanne Kores
Craig Allen collects the precious pollen on his version of a carrion beetle - a camel hair brush. The pollen was a gift from Doug Ewing, Greenhouse Manager, University of Washington, Seattle, who bloomed a Titan on May 7. When asked if he would like reimbursement he replied, "reimbursement not necessary, just don't expect child support."
Flowers hidden at base of spadix, A. titanum, May 14
A crowd gathers for the hand pollination of A. titanum, on May 15, 2001, 4:00 p.m.
Detail spathe & spadix, A. titanum, May 15
Amorphophallus titanum, spathe detail
Young artist and Garden member, Katie Martin, captures the fleeting Amorphophallus titanum. May 17, 2001

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