Toronto Zoo extends hours to allow for rare and smelly sighting of fleeting corpse flower
TORONTO -- A corpse flower known for its putrid smell has blossomed for the second time in Toronto's history and people are now able to witnesses the rare sight.
The flower, officially named Amorphophallus titanium, is native to Indonesia and blooms for just eight to 36 hours at the Toronto Zoo.
“Amorphophallus titanum can be unpredictable and given that this would be an early bloom for this particular plant, anything can happen but the bloom has begun,” the zoo tweeted Sunday afternoon.
The zoo invited people to its greenhouse for a public viewing Sunday between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to catch a waft of the smelly plant and on Monday between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
When it is in full bloom, the plant produces a strong smell similar to rotting meat in order to attract flies and beetles for pollination.
The plant usually takes between seven to 10 years to bloom, but one flower at the Toronto Zoo opened in September 2018 after only five years.
The plant was named Pablo “Pe-ew” Caso in a contest and was widely visited in-person and watched online. It can take several years for a corpse plant to bloom for a second time.
The current blossoming plant has been named ‘Vincent Van Gross.’
--With files from CTV News Toronto's Katherine DeClerq