June 12, 2024

A look at the San Antonio’s Zoo new smelly plant that is about to bloom

The San Antonio Zoo just announced that they’re on bloom watch. This means that they’re expecting the Corpse Flower to make its full bloom debut any day now.

The flower got its name because it smells like rotting flesh when you’re close by. It’s not poisonous or harmful to any one, it just smells awful. Fun fact that sometimes it could take years for the Corpse Flower to bloom in a rare instance. This is one of those opportunities that San Antonians get.

Besides getting over the smell factor, once this beauty blooms fully it’s sure a sight to see. This stinker will bloom an average of 6 to 8 feet in height and in some cases over 10 feet tall! The one at the zoo last measured 41.5 inches tall on July 9th, but get this… on July 8th it was 38 inches tall! It grew 3.5 overnight! Amazing.

โ€œGet your nostrils ready,โ€ said Tim Morrow, President and CEO of San Antonio Zoo. โ€œOur team estimates the plant could bloom in the next 10 days! This is a rather rare occurrence and a very exciting moment for our community and conservation. We invite everyone to act fast to see and smell this piece of history before the short bloom watch window is up!โ€

So the technical name is Amorphophallus titanum or Titan arum for short is about to bloom any day. The flower is located in the San Antonio Zoo near the “Back From The Brink” Whooping Crane habitat.

โ€œThese plants are very delicate and typically give us signs when they are ready to blossom,โ€ said Dr. Dante Fenolio, VP of Conservation & Research at San Antonio Zoo. โ€œOnce we see those indicators, we have around 24 hours until its incredible and rare reveal!โ€

We dove deeper in what makes this plant cause its unique unpleasant smell.