What is the world’s largest flower?
The world’s largest flower is the giant rafflesia that grows wild in Southeast Asia. It may measure 3 feet across and weigh 15 pounds.
We usually think of flowers as small and fragrant, but in the steamy forests of southeast Asia there grows a monstrous flower called the giant rafflesia (pronounced ra FLEE zhin uh).
This huge, evil-smelling flower is reported to measure up to three feet across and to weigh as much as 15 pounds. It is the largest know flower in the world.
The giant rafflesia grows as a parasite. That is, it lives by stealing its food from other plants.
Its sticky seeds cling to the rough bark of woody vines and sprout threadlike “roots” that bore into the bark and absorb nourishment.
The new plant produced, a small flower bud, but no leaves or stem. In a few months the flower has reached its full size.
It has five grotesque, purplish-colored, petal-like lobes and emits an odor somewhat like the smell of a rotten meat.
The odor serves to attract flies, which help in the work of pollination of this very unusual flower.