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Canada Toronto Zoo’s corpse flower blooming for first time

15:25  14 september  2018
15:25  14 september  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

This rare exotic plant blooms about once a decade, and it's happening for the 1st time in the GTA

  This rare exotic plant blooms about once a decade, and it's happening for the 1st time in the GTA A rare Indonesian plant, Amorphophallus titanum, or corpse plant, is expected to bloom some time next week at the Toronto Zoo.A rare Indonesian plant, Amorphophallus titanum , also known as the corpse plant, is expected to bloom some time next week. This will be the first time ever in the Greater Toronto Area, according to the zoo.

The Toronto Zoo's corpse flower began to bloom on Thursday. © Jeremy Cohn / Global News The Toronto Zoo's corpse flower began to bloom on Thursday.

The Toronto Zoo's corpse flower -- a plant known for its pungent, rotting meat smell -- has bloomed, but curious visitors only have hours to visit a special exhibit.

"Hold your noses, Pablo is STARTING TO BLOOM!" zoo staff proclaimed on the organization's Facebook page Thursday evening.

Zoo staff said the plant, which has been dubbed "Pablo 'Pe-ew'caso," will bloom for eight to 36 hours.

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Toronto Zoo corpse flower plant to bloom for first time

The facility’s curatorial gardener, Paul Gellatly, said the plant typically flowers every seven to 10 years, but the one at the zoo is just five years old.

Rare corpse flower to bloom at Toronto Zoo

  Rare corpse flower to bloom at Toronto Zoo Rare corpse flower to bloom at Toronto ZooThe corpse flower, a native of Indonesia, will bloom for just eight to 36 hours sometime this week, said the zoo's curatorial gardener, noting that when in full bloom, the plant produces one of the largest and smelliest flowers in the world.

The plant is native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra and attracts carrion flies and beetles for pollination while it blooms.

As a result, the Toronto Zoo extended visiting hours for those wanting to see the plant. Admission to the exhibit is $12.

-- With files from The Canadian Press

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