The Largest Individual Flower on Earth

July 25, 2011

Rafflesia Arnoldii

We previously wrote about Amorphophalius (the world’s tallest flower) but the Rafflesia Arnoldii aka The Corpse Flower takes the crown size. The large and rare blood-red Rafflesia Arnodii is the largest known flower on Earth. It can grow to be as large as 3 feet across and weigh up to 24 pounds! They are native to the rainforest climates and grown in Indonesia, Malaya, Borneo, Sumatra and the Philippines.

This large flower is more similar to a fungi growing by attaching itself to a host plant like a grape vine. It will embed itself and feed upon the hosts water supply and nutrients to grow to it’s massive size. It’s parasitic nature is what allows it to grow to such a huge state. Just like the simliar Amorphophalius, the Rafflesia Arnoldii emits a stink that smells of rotting flesh!
The corpse flower’s primary habitat is in danger in Borneo and Sumatra forests urging scientists to protect these flowers in nature. They are now being studied and observed more to figure out a way to preserve the species. Scientists are trying to find a way to recreate the natural habitat of the corpse flower in order to research and study it’s amazing composition and learn more. These flowers have medicinal purposes that have been known to help mothers recover quicker after giving birth.
The Rafflesia Arnoldii is truly an amazing plant and not just because of it’s size- it’s stunning appearance, rotten smell, and medicinal properties set it apart and that’ why it is crucial that scientist find a way to preserve this extraordinary gift of nature.
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