World's Largest Flower

Take a look at the image. This is an image of World's Largest Flower. It is produced by Rafflesia arnoldii, a member of the genus Rafflesia. Its flower is so big that, it can attain a diameter of nearly a meter (3 ft) and can weigh up to 11 kilograms (24 lb). This rare plant is found only in the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in the Indonesia.

Interestingly, Rafflesia arnoldii is a parasitic plant with no visible leaves, roots, or stem. It lives as a parasite on the Tetrastigma vine. The gigantic flower of Rafflesia emits a repulsive odor, wich is similar to that of rotting meat. This This odor attracts insects that pollinate the plant.

Rafflesia arnoldii is rare and fairly hard to locate. It is especially difficult to see in flower, as the buds take many months to develop and the flower lasts for just a few days.