During a plant collecting expedition on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on following his guide Arnold a British botanist saw something he termed truly astonishing it was an amazing flower. The spectacular Rafflesia is still recognized as the biggest flower in the world there are dozens of species of rafflesia all of which grow only in the jungles of Southeast Asia. New species, however, continue to be identified the variety that produces the biggest bloom is Rafflesia Arnoldii named after Joseph Arnold and his expedition partner Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles who was founder and governor of Singapore as beautiful as this flower is however it is hardly one you would pick for a bouquet, first consider its size the rafflesia can grow to about 3 feet or 1 meter in diameter. It is called kerubut in Sumatra.
With the size of a bus tire and weigh some 24 pounds or 11 kilograms the flower has five thick pinkish Brown fleshy petals covered with pale wart-like spots the petals converge in a large hollow that resembles a pot and that can hold up to 13 points or six liters of water second give thought to its odor according to one candid description the rafflesia smells like a buffalo carcass in an advanced state of decomposition.
The rafflesia flower has no stem, leaves, or roots and grows as a parasite of certain vines on the jungle floor when a new rafflesia bud breaks through the bark of a host vine the bud takes about 10 months to balloon often growing to the size of a large cabbage than in a process that takes several hours, the fleshy lobes unfold revealing their full glory. For more exciting stuff please subscribe to our Facebook Page.
Inside the central opening are a number of spiky protrusions fooled processes that function is still little understood although some researchers think that the protrusions may serve to distribute heat and thus intensify the stench. The flowers odd beauty is short-lived after just a few days, the Rafflesia Arnoldii is rare and endangered why male and female flowers must bloom close to each other to cross-pollinate, yet most buds never reach maturity the reason for this is that many buds harvested are used in traditional medicine or to be eaten as a delicacy, this has greatly reduced the number of plants grown in the wild. The ongoing destruction of the flowers rainforest habitat poses another serious threat. Seeing a rafflesia is a unique experience its size is impressive it smells is memorable, to say the least, and its form and color are striking the world’s biggest flower a flower very large beautiful wonderful. For more exciting stuff please subscribe to our Facebook Page.