2 RAFFLESIA The Rafflesia flower (Rafflesia arnoldi) is the world's largest flower.This giant bloom is found inrainforests of Indonesia.Locally, it is called the"corpse flower." Rafflesiagives off a putrid smellthat reminds people ofrotting meat (this odorattracts its pollenators,beetles and flies), henceits nickname. Rafflesia'senormous flower is about 3 feet (1 m) across and weighs about 20 pounds (9 kilograms).
3 The flower takes about a year to develop, then it blooms for about a week before dying. The flower has five wide orange petals (with pale dots) surrounding a spiked cup. Rafflesia hasno stem, no roots,and no leaves. Theflower is supportedby fungus-like tissuethat lives in anotherplant - theTetrastigma vine.
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