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Amorphophallus titanum is the scientific name and it is also known as the titan arum, a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world.

This priceless plant is located inside a greenhouse next to the Alfond Boathouse on the shores of beautiful Lake Virginia. It opened its doors on October 20, 1983, to facilitate student and faculty research, provide plant material for study and to permanently house a diverse collection of plant species, some of which are indigenous to Florida.

The Greenhouse is providing plant material for lab experiments or to augment class lectures and discussions in classes such as medicinal botany, genetics, biology, and field botany. The Greenhouse also provides assistance with ongoing research in areas such as the digestive enzymes in Nepenthes ventricosa "Rooted, A Guide to the Lovely, Strange, and Notable Floras of Rollins" and the analysis of sun-tracking abilities in certain legume species. In order to accomplish these and other tasks, the botanical collection at the Greenhouse consists of representatives from many different plant families.

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