Jun 5, 2024 - News

Rare corpse flower blooming at Nashville Zoo

Visitors look at tall corpse flower.

The corpse flower Zeus at the Nashville Zoo. Photo: Courtesy of the Nashville Zoo

Rare and remarkable sights abound at the Nashville Zoo, but a temporary attraction might be most well-known for its putrid smell.

State of play: A towering plant known as a corpse flower is currently blooming at the zoo. Corpse flower blooms — which smell, well, like a corpse — typically only last for a couple of days, so curious visitors must act fast to experience this marvel of nature.

The intrigue: The flower's pungent aroma attracts carrion flies and beetles that pollinate it in its native Sumatra, according to a zoo statement.

Driving the news: This particular flower, nicknamed Zeus, is on loan from Austin Peay State University. After recent storms damaged a university greenhouse, officials sent it to the zoo for its blooming period because the zoo has hosted corpse flowers before.

  • This is the second time Zeus has bloomed in 12 years.

The latest: The zoo has a live camera tracking the bloom.

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