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Rafflesia panchoana (syn. R. manillana, R. lagascae), just like all members of its family Rafflesiaceae, is a holoparasitic plant that has no visible stem, leaves and roots. It lives completely inside its host pant (Tetrastigma sp.), with its visible parts being the flower, fruit and seeds only. R. panchoana also possesses one of the smallest flowers in its genus.
We found this one in the forest of Mt. Makiling, Philippines.
It smells exactly like a putrefying rat. Although one must get close to the flower to smell it.