CORPSE FLOWER

Originally posted 2018-11-15 02:54:29.

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Angiosperms
Class: Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Rafflesiaceae
Genus: Rafflesia
Species: Rafflesia arnoldii
Botanical name: Rafflesia arnoldii

Rafflesia arnoldi is a parasitic plant which has no roots or stems and does not have chlorophyll. The plant is known for producing the largest individual flower on earth. It has a strong offensive smell like that of a decaying corpse.

The Rafflesia arnoldi is found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Borneo, Thailand and Philippines.it posses five huge petals with diameters up to 106cm, and weigh up to 10kg. The Rafflesia arnoldi have their pistils and stamens fused together in a central column. They have a reddish brown colour with white spots.

During reproduction, the Rafflesia arnoldi generates a reddish purple or maroon colored buds which developed in one year into large cabbage sized shape and then blooms into a large flower. The unpleasant smell of the flower attracts carrion flies.when the carrion flies come in contact with the plant, the pollen sticks to their backs then they move to a female flower and deposit it there by causing fertilization to occur

The Rafflesia arnoldi is one of the world’s largest flowers because it requires a near perfect condition to bloom. The flower can only be hosted by a tertrastigma vine, which is the only vine in the world to hosts the endo parasite that creates Rafflesia arnoldi flower.

DID YOU KNOW?

* The rotten smell of Rafflesia arnoldi is caused by the reddish tentacle like branched ramentae inside the corrola of the plant.

*In most plants the pollen is powdery, but in Rafflesia arnoldi, it is a massive quantity of viscous fluid that dries on the back of the flies which remains for weeks

*Flies travel as much as 12 to 14 miles in pollination effort because Rafflesia arnoldi blooms rarely.

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