This giant flower that smells like rotting flesh is about to bloom in Toronto

Sep 8 2018, 2:24 am

The Toronto Zoo is about to get stinky because a rare, exotic plant that smells like rotting flesh is about to bloom.

The Amorphophallus titanum—also known as the corpse flower— is one of the largest flowers on the planet and it’s about to unleash its stench in Toronto very soon.

According to the Toronto Zoo, the giant stinky plant is “progressing towards opening.”

When the flower blooms, the smell has been described to be similar to discarded diapers or hot garbage.

As it blooms, the flower will spread its flesh coloured petals and emit “rancid fumes” in order to attract pollinator insects that feed on dead animals.

The corpse flower bloomed in Vancouver this summer and curious guests lined up for hours to catch a whiff. 

It can take up to six to ten years for an Amorphophallus titanum to produce its first flower.

Zoo’s Horticulture Division currently cares for six specimens of the plant and the one that is about to bloom is opening four years ahead of schedule.

The Toronto Zoo will be extending its viewing hours during the bloom period, which lasts anywhere from eight to 36 hours.

Check the Toronto Zoo website for updates on the smelly plant and more information about hours

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