Rafflesia flower

Rafflesia flower

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This image is part of the feature The world's Stinkiest Plants

Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Rafflesia flower (Rafflesia keithii) on the forest floor. It is one of the largest flowers known, and can reach a width of a metre. It is a parasitic plant, spending most of its life as a tiny thread within its host, a type of vine. When mature, the flower erupts from the host, although it only flowers for a few days. During flowering it smells of rotting flesh to attract pollinating insects. Photographed in Sabah, Malaysia.

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Keywords: botany, endangered, flower, flowering, malaysia, malaysian, nature, parasite, parasitic, plant, plants, rafflesia keithii, rainforest floor, rare, rooting, sabah, smell, stench

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