Indonesian environmental groups say they have discovered the world’s largest flower: Rafflesia Tuan-Mudae, known as the plant with the largest flowers in the world.
The newly discovered Rafflesia Tuan-Mudae flower is up to 1.11 meters in diameter. It is a red flower with white blister-like spots on the huge petals. It is reported that the genus Rafflesia is divided into 29 species, and Rafflesia Tuan-Mudae is one of them.
The new discovery is larger than the 1.07-meter-diameter flower found in the jungles of West Sumatra a few years ago, setting a new record.
“This is the largest Rafflesia ever recorded,” said Ade Putra, an expert at the Agam Conservation Authority in Sumatra.
Putra added that the blooms only last about a week and then wilt and rot. The Latin name of the genus Rafflesia is named after British colonist Sir Stamford Raffles, who first discovered it in Indonesia in the early 19th century.
This species grows in several countries in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Rafflesia is a type of fleshy parasitic herbaceous plant, also known as “meat flower” or “corpse flower”. It emits a pungent rancid smell that attracts insects to pollinate it.
Amorphophallus titanum, which grows in Indonesia and has flowers that can reach a height of 3 meters, has the same noxious smell.