Amorphophallus titanum is the most charismatic giant flower endemic to Sumatra. It has been categorised as endangered based on the IUCN Red List. Recently, this species has been facing a serious threat because of overharvesting of its tuber. Furthermore, land use change also threatens its habitat in the wild. The proposed project tries to provide a comprehensive conservation picture of the endangered giant flower Amorphophallus titanum in Sumatra. This project has been successfully granted by the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund in 2020.
The overall objectives of the project are:
1. Understand the habitat preferences of endangered giant flower Amorphophallus titanum in the wild.
2. Assess the current population and renew conservation status of Amorphophallus titanum.
3. Predict potential current and future distribution of Amorphophallus titanum under climate change and land cover change.
4. Determine the hot spots distribution of Amorphophallus titanum.
5. Assess the habitat risk from any potential threats.
Project 202523743 location - Indonesia, Asia