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Largest example of world's largest flower found

January 4, 2020 | Comment icon 7 comments



Rafflesia can reach quite enormous sizes. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Rendra Regen Rais
Conservationists in Indonesia have identified what is thought to be the single largest flower ever recorded.
Named after British colonialist Sir Stamford Raffles who first discovered the species in the 19th Century, the Rafflesia tuan-mudae is a large, red flower that easily exceeds one meter across.

In addition to its size, the flower is also characterized by its acrid stench of rotten flesh which helps to attract flies and has earned it the nickname 'corpse flower' in several regions.

The new record-breaking specimen measures a whopping 111 centimeters across and is situated in a nature reserve near Marambuang Nagarai Barini village in West Sumatra.
The previous record, which was also found in the same region, measured 107 centimeters across.

Once the flower blooms it will typically wither and rot away within the space of just one week.



Source: Phys.org | Comments (7)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 3 years ago
Imagine getting a bouquet of those! Aside from having to empty out a room to accomoodate it, the stench would be unbearable. But the bloom is really beautiful in a sci-fi kind of way.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Piney 3 years ago
It looks like it would eat someones face off. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by susieice 3 years ago
Little Shop of Horrors
Comment icon #4 Posted by Troublehalf 3 years ago
Always wondered if Sir Stamford Raffles was proud or insulted to have such a flower named after him. I don't know the history of the flower, just makes me wonder if the 'discoverer' who was able to classify such a thing (rather than the natives who probably had a different name for it) smelled the flower and decided to name it after Sir Raffles, or did it without actually smelling it and thought he was being respectful to the Lieutenant-Governor of the Dutch East Indies (and the title always made me chuckle since the British were trying to kick the Dutch out of the East Indies and technically ... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nnicolette 3 years ago
Look at the size of that vileplume!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ozfactor 3 years ago
I bet it stinks. I have 2 stapelia succulents and both have awful smelling flowers that attract flies.  I have seen a titan arum lily in flower at the Melbourne Botanical Gardens and it smelt so bad , like something had died. The titan arum lily I saw was about 6 or 7 feet tall, floweres for 3 days and then collapses. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Nnicolette 3 years ago
That is awesome i love ypur flower! I was thinking the same, it looks like one i heard of before that mimicks rotting flesh and smells like it too...


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