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Prospects for global management of Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum): Using a “studbook” approach to document pedigree, demography, and genetics

Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is a large charismatic plant, native to Sumatra, that is grown at gardens around the world. Due to its size, it is difficult to maintain multiple plants at each garden. For this reason, we are creating an international “studbook” for all A. titanum plants in cultivation. The studbook for A. titanum will be used to document the pedigree of all plants in cultivation and help inform management, breeding, and conservation decisions. This approach has been shown to be especially valuable for species traditionally maintained in low numbers and where wild-collected germplasm is difficult to attain.

This poster was presented at the 2018 Plant Collections Symposium in Vancouver.