Interview: The University of Tennessee's Amorphophallus Titanum (It's a Plant)

Jul 27, 2021

Thursday July 29, 8:50am
Credit Photo by Chrissy Keuper
Amorphaphallus titanum, also known as The Corpse Flower. Jeff and Kaitlin have nicknamed it Rotty Top.
Credit Photo by Chrissy Keuper

Something very special is happening on the University of Tennessee campus. Jeff Martin, Greenhouse Manager, and Kaitlin Palla, Assistant Greenhouse Manager and lecturer, of UT’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department are waiting for the event to unfold on the fourth floor of the Hesler Biology Building. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with them about what's going on. 

 Rotty Top Live! (You can watch it bloom via live feed)UTK Biology Greenhouse Instagram

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Yellow male pollen (above) and purple female flowers (below)
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Kaitlin Palla and Jeff Martin of UT's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department
Friday July 30, 10:30am
Credit Photo by Chrissy Keuper