Rafflesia Arnoldii – Largest flower is parasite

Rafflesia Arnoldii - Bengkulu - 21-April-2015Rafflesia Arnoldii - Lake-Maninjau - Sumatra-Indonesia - 1-09-99Rafflesia ArnoldiiModel of Rafflesia flower - Lee Kong Chian - Natural History Museum Singapore - 08-08-2015

Rafflesia Arnoldii – Largest flower is parasite

Rafflesia Arnoldii – Rafflesia arnoldii, is the largest individual flower on Earth. It doesn’t have its own stems, leaves or roots. Parasites on vines of the Cissus genus, related to the vine. Deriving water and nutrients from the hosts. Rafflesia grows in a thicket of tropical jungles in Borneo and Sumatra.
It reaches a weight of 11 kg and a diameter of one meter. It consists of five fleshy, red, white speckled petals. Inside, it finds a few liters of nectar, and spike-like creations with an unknown function.
Rafflesia emit a specific, bad smell to rotten meat. In this way it attracts pollinating beetles and flies. That’s why the people of Indonesia call it a corpse flower. It blooms for 5-7 days, every few years. However, if pollinated, it produces round fruit. Containing thousands of tiny seeds.

Cutting down amazonian forests – Brazilian Rainforest

Cutting down amazonian forests - Brazilian Rainforest

Cutting down amazonian forests – Brazilian Rainforest

Cutting down amazonian forests – Annually, only in the Brazilian portion of the Amazon as a result of deforestation. Into the air is released 54 billion tons of coal. Which accounts for approx. 40% of world production. The destruction in the Amazonia covers 75000 km² per year, which is tragic, but from the point of view of the remaining surface still bearable.

Especially compared to what is happening in Asia. There the process of destroying the jungle proceeds terribly quickly. Forests disappear disappearing at 1.2% area per year. Beautiful, green areas of Malaysia. They became human hands turned into deserts. For Borneo, the death sentence was to find tin deposits. It is terribly on the island of Java. Which was almost completely devoid of trees. Fortunately, there are exceptions in the world. Papua New Guinea has preserved almost entirely the original rainforest area. The “only” 25% dropped out of them. An interesting fact is how long it will be so …