What’s that smell? It’s the corpse flower! A Toronto Zoo first, the corpse plant (Amorphophallus titanum), or titan arum, is projected to start blooming sometime this week.
The Zoo’s five-year-old species, one of six specimens of titan arum the Zoo has in its collection, is preparing to bloom almost four years ahead of schedule. This species only blooms for eight to 36 hours and this is the first time this species has bloomed in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and the fifth time one has bloomed within Canada! The corpse flower relies on carrion beetles and flies for pollination, which it attracts with an aroma that – yes – resembles rotting meat.
Grown from seed, it can take six to ten years for a plant to produce its first flower, after which it can take several more years for it to bloom again. One of the reasons it takes so long between blooms is that the titan arum produces one of the largest flowering structures in the entire world. Native to Sumatra, Toronto Zoo’s titan arum specimens arrived at the zoo in 2013 from Niagara Botanical Garden.
HOW TO VISIT
Pablo “Pe-ew”caso will be viewable to the public starting – Thursday, September 13, 2018 – during regular Zoo hours (9:30 am – 4:30 pm).
Toronto Zoo Hours are:
Weekdays: 9:30am to 4:30pm (last admission at 3:30pm)
Weekends: 9:30am to 6:00pm (last admission at 5:00pm)
Extended Hours for Corpse Flower Special Exhibit in bloom: Projected last ticket sales at 9:00 pm.
How much: Special Rates Apply. — $12 in addition to Toronto Zoo Admission Price.
General Admission (13-64): $29
Seniors (65+): $24
Children (3-12): $19
Children (2 and under): FREE
Prices include tax as applicable
Parking is $12 year round
Thank you to everyone who visited Pablo on day 1! His smell was described as musty laundry, rotten meat, dead mice, cabbage, and a sweaty hockey bag.
— The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) September 14, 2018
Address: Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road, Toronto
86A from Kennedy Station & 85A “Via Toronto Zoo” and 85B “To Toronto Zoo”