Hauck Research Center (Greenhouse)

Rare and Exotic Plants

The Hauck Research Center is home to a number of rare and difficult to find exotic species.

Corpse Plant Corm

The Amorphophallus titanum corm, an underground stem used for food storage, weighed 35 pounds and was 16" in diameter at repotting time in August of 2014.  Its first spectacular inflorescence opened during the early morning late hours of April 19, 2015. 

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Corpse Plant leaf

The single giant leaf of the Amorphophallus titanum can grow up to 20 feet tall and just as wide resembling a small tree.  In 2014 the one at Rollins stood about 7 feet tall and over 8 feet in diameter.

Seeds of Corpse Plant

The Corpse Plant was pollinated during the early morning hours of April 20, 2015 and we were successful in our pollinating attempts. Each fruit contains one or two seeds that take several months to germinate.

Collecting Corpse Plant Pollen

Mia Brady '22 and Christian Kebbel '12 collect pollen from the recent (September of 2018) bloom of the Amorphophallus titanum. Using Q-tips the pollen is placed in small vials and stored in a -80 degree freezer until needed.

Check out the 2016's edition of Ripley's Believe It or Not  for a story on th 2015 corpse plant bloom.