A rare and smelly giant flower might bloom in Toronto tonight

Aug 7 2020, 11:15 am

The Toronto Zoo is about to get smelly as the “corpse plant” is projected to bloom tonight.

On Friday, the zoo announced in a live video, that the rare plant will hopefully bloom in the evening.

The bloom will occur when the spathe — frilly part of the leaf — pulls away from the spadix — the stem containing the flower. The bloom will likely take place that night.

The zoo will be open for extended evening hours for guests to take in the signature corpse plant scent for a “nominal fee.”

The exotic plant – the Amorphophallus titanum – which will be in bloom from eight to 36 hours. It was given the name “corpse plant” because of the protruding odour of rotting flesh it gives off.

The species will bloom for the second time ever in the Greater Toronto Area. In September of 2018, this plant’s predecessor “Pablo ‘Pe-ew’ caso,” bloomed at the zoo.

The plant is grown from a seed and can take six to ten years to produce its first flower.

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 Toronto Zoo greenhouse is currently closed to the public but they will be posting growth updates online and will inform if greenhouse hours change.

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