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Corpse flower brings smell of death to Cleveland Zoo

Posted at 6:12 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 18:30:27-04

CLEVELAND — A smell that could kill took over the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Wednesday.

The corpse flower bloomed Tuesday night and brought the smell of death to the rain forest.

Titan Arum, known as the corpse flower, is native to the island of Sumatra. The plant spends years gathering energy before it blooms and releases a smell like death, literally.

While in bloom, the plant generates heat, around 90 degrees, and its odor attracts fresh flies and carrion beetles for pollination, according to

This is the fourth time in 25 years that the flower has bloomed.