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Rafflesia

Rafflesia keithii

Notes:

The first two photos show the flower in bloom and the remaining photos show the life cycle of the parasitic plant. The World's largest flower.

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11 Comments

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Awesome flower!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Fun fact! The rafflesia is world’s largest flower, native to Southeast Asia and weighing up to 25 pounds. Its other claim to fame is that it smells like rotting meat, hence its common name – corpse flower.

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MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Wow!!!! Interesting!!!

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 9 years ago

Thanks Gerardo and Hans! I was pretty lucky to get to spot the entire cycle in one little area - a small farm that is lucky enough to have them every year or couple of years right outside of Mt. Kinabalu.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Incredible Flower
Wonderful series.

Hans.New
Hans.New 9 years ago

cool, spotted the hole lifecycle. Great job

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 9 years ago

Haha. I got pretty close but didn't really smell the "awful smell" that they have. There were a ton of flies though, so who knows - maybe I just have a horrible sense of smell.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Awesome! Were you holding your nose when you took this - I believe they smell pretty offensive!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Very nice and informative.

dandoucette
dandoucette 10 years ago

Nice Chris! Rafflesia are my favorite. I've seen a few species too. I don't think it's necessary though to put that it's the world's largest flower in with the common name. You can add that in your notes or description.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Really different!

Chris Carille
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Chris Carille

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Jul 26, 2011
Submitted on Aug 26, 2011

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