Rafflesia arnoldii flower



Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia --- Carnivorous rafflesia flower (Rafflesia keithii) in Kinabalu National Park on Borneo, Malaysia. --- Image by © Frans Lanting/Corbis

Common name :- Corpse flower.

The flower of Rafflesia arnoldii grows to a diameter of around one meter (3 ft) and weighs up to 11 kilograms.

It lives as a parasite on the Tetrastigma vine, which grows only in primary rainforests.

Rafflesia lacks any observable leaves, stems or even roots, yet is still considered a vascular plant.

The flowers are unisexual and thus proximity of male and female flowers is vital for successful pollination. These factors make successful pollination a rare event.

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Rafflesia arnoldii is a member of the genus Rafflesia.

It is noted for producing the largest individual flower on earth.

It has a very strong and horrible odor of decaying flesh .

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Scientific classification

Kingdom:             Plantae

(unranked):        Angiosperms

(unranked):        Eudicots

(unranked):        Rosids

Order:   Malpighiales

Family:  Rafflesiaceae

Genus: Rafflesia

Species:               R. arnoldii

Binomial name : Rafflesia arnoldii

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