Corpse Flower Diaries
The Toronto Zoo’s Horticulture Division currently cares for six specimens of Amorphophallus titanum – the titan arum, or, more descriptively, the corpse flower. This September, one of our five-year-old species surprised us all and started to bloom early. Approximately four years early! After a week or so, of our Horticultural experts observing the flower to see when it might begin its 8-36 hour bloom, on September 13, 2018, our Horticulture staff confirmed Pablo “Pe-ew” Caso (named by Toronto Zoo Facebook fans) was about to open.
Visitors came from far and wide to meet Pablo and experience the world-recognized iconic scent of the corpse flower. As you might guess from its name, the corpse flowers’ blossom doesn’t exactly smell like roses. Instead, this species relies on carrion beetles and flies for pollination, which it attracts with an aroma that – yes – resembles rotting meat!
This was the first recorded bloom of a corpse flower in the GTA and a very exciting time for the Toronto Zoo, as thousands of visitors came to see and smell this special experience!
Watch Pablo’s Journey:
Pablo “Pe-ew” Caso has ended the full bloom journey! Take a look at the time-lapse videos below to see the changes from beginning to end, spanning over 17 days.