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.

Amorphophallus titanum – Comes from Indonesia

Amorphophallus titanum - Amorphophallus titanum Nov20_2005

Amorphophallus titanum – Comes from Indonesia

Amorphophallus titanum – The plant reaches an average height of 1.5 m. Record holder measured up to 3 m. Amorphophallus is open-pollinated plant, which needs to dust the pollen to another plant of the same species. It comes from Indonesia. It likes warm, moist and airy space. The smell of amorphophallus resembles a mix of odors: dead fish, garbage, sweat and decaying carcasses. Botanical Gardens compete in the cultivating of these plants, whose unusual beauty lasts only three days, and the strong odor persists only for 8 – 12 hours. Although the plant is called “corpse flower” is not exactly a flower. With the underground tubers, which provides plant nutrients and water, inflorescence stems shaped flask.