September 24, 2023


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Flower known for smelling like rotting flesh blooming at San Antonio Zoo

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The corpse flower is an endangered plant is native to the rainforests of Sumatra in Indonesia and can just take additional than 10 decades to bloom for the first time.

SAN ANTONIO — The world’s most disagreeable smelling flower is about to bloom at the San Antonio Zoo. The corpse flower, which is native to the rainforests of Sumatra in Indonesia, is an endangered plant that can take more than 10 a long time to bloom for the initially time. 

It is most famously recognized for the potent rotting flesh odor it releases, which is why it was named the corpse flower. This is the to start with recognized occasion of a corpse flower blooming proper here in San Antonio.

“Get your nostrils completely ready,” stated Tim Morrow, President and CEO of San Antonio Zoo. “Our workforce estimates the plant could bloom in the subsequent 10 days! This is a instead rare prevalence and a pretty enjoyable minute for our local community and conservation. We invite anyone to act quick to see and scent this piece of historical past in advance of the brief bloom view window is up!”

The related video clip previously mentioned was initially published September 13, 2020.

The pungent flower was moved on Friday for general public viewing around the ‘Back From The Brink’ Whooping Crane habitat. You are welcome to join the bloom view of the plant now right until its peak blossom window is up, which could be at any time in the subsequent 10 times. The malodorous flower will continue being blossomed any where from 1 to 4 times. 

Abide by San Antonio Zoo’s social media pages for updates on measurement and bloom look at.

“These plants are really delicate and typically give us indicators when they are all set to blossom,” stated Dr. Dante Fenolio, VP of Conservation & Analysis at San Antonio Zoo. “Once we see these indicators, we have around 24 several hours until finally its unbelievable and unusual expose!”

The corpse flower reaches heights of up to 8 ft tall and will crank out its very own warmth, which permits the stench to travel even more. The impressive scent, reminiscent of a decaying corpse, is developed by additional than 30 substances and attracts carrion beetles and flesh flies who pollinate the flower. 

San Antonio Zoo designs to accumulate pollen and tissue samples from the bloom for genetic examine, and examine it to some others in its fast dwindling populace.

 Fewer than 1,000 corpse flowers are approximated to remain in the wild, with a sharp drop in the previous century.

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