National Center for Natural Products Research
The University of Mississippi

Titan Arum: “Corpse Flower”

A part of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s National Center for Natural Products Research, the Maynard W. Quimby Medicinal Plant Garden houses over 1,000 medicinal plants from all geographic regions of the world.

Guests seeing flowerOne of those plants is the titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), also known as the “corpse flower” due to the distinct scent it produces during its bloom. The smell from the flower entices insects for pollination.

The flower is a rare sight, as it takes five or more years for the bloom to open. Once opened, it will close approximately 24-36 hours later.

A native of Indonesia, the University of Mississippi had its fourth titan arum bloom in June 2020. Prior to that, the garden saw a bloom in June 2018, videoed and pictured below, and two blooms within weeks of each other in 2014.

Corpse Flower Blooming Timelapse Video

In the News

June 2018

“Corpse flower finally blooms” – Oxford Citizen

“Corpse Flower at Ole Miss could Bloom Any Minute” – Oxford Eagle

“Corpse flower blooms at Ole Miss, causes a stink” – WMC Action News 5

“Ole Miss’ third corpse flower blooms on campus” – The DM Online

“UM ‘Corpse Flower’ Will Soon Bloom with Smell of Death” – Ole Miss News

June 2014

“Second Giant ‘Corpse Flower’ Blooms at UM” – Ole Miss News

Photo Gallery

Guests seeing flower Guests seeing flower Inside of Corpse Flower
Flower Bloom Titan Arum, Corpse Flower Bloom Titan Arum Corpse Flower Bloom