Large bloom: World’s largest flower in Indonesia
We all love flowers… their vibrant colours, their beautiful smell, they cheer us up! But would you like to hold a flower as big as you or your younger sibling?
Yes, scientists have found a flower species in indonesia which is as big as 3.6 foot in diameter. Indonesian conservationists say they’ve spotted the biggest specimen ever of what’s already been billed as one of the world’s largest flowers.
The giant Rafflesia tuan-mudae — a fleshy red flower with white blister-like spots on its enormous petals — came in at a whopping 111 centimetres (3.6 foot) in diameter.
That’s bigger than the previous record of 107 centimetres on a bloom also found in the jungles of West Sumatra several years ago.
The plant has no roots or leaves — it’s parasitic. The rafflesia feeds on a host plant to live, drinking its water and nutrients. It’s only visible when it bursts through the host plant to reveal its flowers.
The flower’s menacing open mouth emits a foul odor similar to rotting meat, earning it the nickname “corpse flower.” That stench attracts the insects that pollinate it.
But for all it’s glory, the rafflesia’s life is tragically short. Its mouth remains open for just one week before it rots and dies.