[ASC-media] Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney - media release - The Last of the Titans

Danielle Quinn Danielle.Quinn at rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
Wed Nov 15 06:10:37 CET 2006


The last of the Titan Arums - for now - is due to flower at Sydney's
Royal Botanic Gardens this week. Visitors can see the 1m tall flower
between 10am and 4pm, seven day a week. The Titan Arum Amorphophallus
titanum is one of world's most endangered, reclusive and bizarre
flowers.
 
This is the second of the flowers to bloom this month thanks to a
conservation program at the Royal Botanic Gardens, which had its first
successful flowering two years ago. Conservation program manager Stephen
Bartlett says that this rare double flowering has given the Royal
Botanic Gardens the opportunity to harvest pollen from that first flower
to pollinate the second.
 
Scientists from other Australian institutions are lining up to study the
plant.
 
Sydneysiders and visitors are invited to view the rare Titan Arum at:
 
Where:            Sydney Tropical Centre
                        Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
 
When:             10am-4pm every day (7 days a week)
 
Cost:               Entry is $5 per adult, $2.50 per child/seniors and
$10 per family (2 adults/2 children)
 
20% of the entry fee will support research and conservation of the Titan
Arum.
 
For those who can't make it to Sydney to see - and smell - the Titan
Arum, photos of the opening of the first flower, including
hand-pollination, are available on the Trust's website:
http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/whats_new/titan_arum_photos. Please contact
the Trust's Public Relations Manager if you would like to use any of
these images.
 
This media release was issued on behalf of Stevie King, Public Relations
Manager at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Phone (02) 9231 8004
Fax: (02) 9241 6304
Email:  <mailto:stevie.king at rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au>
stevie.king at rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au 
 
 
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Danielle-Louise Quinn

Executive Project Officer 

Botanic Gardens Trust

Royal Botanic Gardens
Mrs Macquaries Rd
Sydney NSW 2000

t. +61 (2) 9231 8027 (Mon-Wed)
m. 0418 458 940
f. +61 (2) 9251 4403
e. danielle.quinn at rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
w.  <http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/> www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

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