May 14, 2022 11:55 pm

The largest and rarest flower in the world smells like a corpse, discover it!

Samuel Weller 4 min
Rafflesia tuan-mudae can reach a meter in diameter and weigh more than 10 kilos. Credits to whom appropriate.

How do you imagine that it is the largest flower in the world? The plant kingdom holds countless great surprises, and one of them is a giant flower that is very special. Although from a distance it looks like an exotic flower, huge and beautiful, those who approach it are in for an unpleasant surprise.

Where can you find this rare flower?

The Rafflesia tuan-mudae it has a diameter of more than 100 centimeters and was first discovered during early 2020 in the Maninjau Nature Conservation Area, on the island of Sumatra (Indonesia). This flower was first discovered by the West Sumatra BKSDA in late 2017.

The previous world record for Rafflesia tuan-mudae it was held by the same location and the same host plant in 2017, as explained from the West Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA). Until then, the record was held by another Rafflesia in the Philippines, with a diameter of about 100 centimeters.

It can weigh… more than 10 kilos!

The Rafflesia It is a genus of phanerogamous parasitic plants that contains 15 species, which inhabit Southeast Asia. these plants sprout from the ground and They do not have chlorophyll, so they need to feed on a host to obtain water, nutrients in order to survive.

Rafflesia plants have no leaves and almost no stem; really being a flower with five petals with a diameter greater than a meter and a weight greater than… 10 kilos! Although they remind of mushrooms, descend from the poinsettia family, which are small and red, showing a surprising deviation in their evolutionary line.

Its smell will make you stay away

The life of this curious plant ranges between four and five days. But nevertheless, its main characteristic is its smell, reminiscent of a corpse or rotten meat, so it is not the ideal flower to give as a gift. This is done to attract carrion flies. that they will act as pollinators without receiving anything in return.

Its smell is very similar to that of rotten meat, with the aim of attracting carrion flies.

Many botanists classify it as one of the wonders of nature., and to avoid damage to this giant flower, the BKSDA imposed strict security measures around this rare plant, and is currently protected by the law on natural resources and ecosystem conservation.

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